Soft Start for Terminal 3 Ultimate at Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta Airport

At midnight on August 9, a new chapter started at Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International Airport with the opening of the new Terminal 3 Ultimate. “The national airline Garuda Indonesia will serve flights on all domestic routes through the new terminal from August 9, 2016,” acting president director of airport operator Angkasa Pura II Djoko Murjatmodjo stated during a press conference a week before following the issuance of an approval letter by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation.

The glitzy new terminal has been designed by Australian architecture firm Woodhead and it will get into service step by step. On August 9, only domestic flights from Indonesia national carrier Garuda Indonesia have been transferred to the new facility. Garuda international flights continue for the time being to operate out of Terminal 2E. So far, the airline operates only in 40% of the total air terminal area, which stretches over 333,000 square metres and has a capacity for 25 million passengers. The terminal offers 10 international gates, 20 domestic gates and 10 bus gates.

Meanwhile, Service Director of Garuda Indonesia Nicodemus Panurung Lampe hoped the shifting of operations to the new terminal will increase its competitiveness against other airlines.
It will take another six months before Garuda moves its international flights and connect with its partners of Skyteam Alliance some 70 cities together. By early 2017, all international airlines are due to move to the new terminal while a train connection to Jakarta city centre will be completed by 2018.The completed Terminal will be fully operational by 2019 with a third runway with a length of 3,000 m. will allow an increase of 50% in total air movements at the congested airport.

Minister of State-Owned Enterprises Rini Soemarno had remarked a few weeks ago that the Terminal 3 Ultimate at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport should compete with the Changi Airport in Singapore. “I am proud to see the progress in the construction work at Terminal 3. All work is proceeding as per schedule, and the results are good. Hence, my understanding is that the Soekarno-Hatta airport will deliver even better services than the Changi Airport of Singapore,” Rini pointed out.

In between, the airport will need to complete facilities at the airport by installing ATM, food and beverage outlets sides completing public facilities such as ATMs, food and beverages areas as well as comfortable resting areas. Angkasa Pura II works also to connect the old Terminal 3 to the new facility. It will soon transfer carriers based at the old Terminal 3 to Terminals 1B, 2E and 2Fand interior fixtures, AP II plans to move low cost carriers from the existing Terminal 3 to terminals 2E and 2F. The airlines concerned by the move are AirAsia, Nam Air and Sriwijaya Air.