Disillusion at Jakarta Airport following the Postponed Opening of Terminal Ultimate

Planned for many months with the ultimate date of opening on June 20, Jakarta Soekarno Hatta Terminal 3 expansion -dubbed Terminal Ultimate- has been pushed back to an undecided date. The postponement of the terminal’s opening occured last minute as the new terminal allegedly failed to meet the qualifications set by the Ministry of Transportation.

Prior the cancellation, the Ministry of Transportation had conducted a trial and the results allegedly showed that the new terminal had an electricity system problem reported last Friday Indonesia largest English-speaking newspaper the Jakarta Post. “We apologize for not being able to facilitate the seasonal exodus (mudik),” said Budi Karya Sumadi, President Director of state airport operator Angkasa Pura II, according to kompas.com.

According to another newspaper the Jakarta Globe, officials from the Indonesian Ministry of Transport estimated to be “too risky for the terminal to operate with back-up electricity still not online, a disrupted view from air traffic control tower to apron, incomplete signs and dysfunctional toilets”. New safety check-up are currently conducted but the air terminal might not be operational before the Idul Fitri holidays, which mark the end of Ramadan on July 6.

Covering 422,804 sq m, Terminal 3 Ultimate is slightly larger than Changi Airport’s Terminal 3. It will offer 206 check-in counters, 13 luggage conveyor belts and offer a total of 28 gates, 10 for international flights and 18 for domestic ones. In the longer term, the terminal will also integrate two four-star hotels, meeting rooms as well as a train station linking the airport to Jakarta city centre. It will first serve to welcome all the flights from Indonesia national carrier Garuda Indonesia followed by partners of Skyteam alliance.

Terminal 3 Ultimate is to become fully operational in March 2017 with the move of all international carriers into the new terminal.