Authorities to Raise Service Charges at Jakarta Airport

Indonesia, air transport, Jakarta Soekarno Hatta, infrastructure

Passengers departing from Jakarta Soekarno Hatta Airport will have to fetch a few more dollars every time they fly as Angkasa Pura II has been allowed by the Indonesian government to raise service charges.

March 1st will request from passengers to go deeper into their pocket as Indonesia Transportation Ministry confirmed that the Passenger Service Charge at Jakarta Soekarno Hatta International Airport will go up. PSC will however be modulated according to the used terminal. Charge will go up from Rp 50,000 to Rp 65,000 at Terminal 1, from Rp 65,000 to Rp85,000. International flights at Terminal 2 will still remain at Rp 150,000.

For the new Terminal 3, where passengers already pay a higher airport tax than at the two other terminals, the PSC will remain at Rp130,000 for domestic flights. However, the international airport tax will go up from Rp200,000 to Rp230,000.

“The PSC of Soekarno-Hatta International is lower than charges of many other international airports,” Transportation Ministry Director General for air transportation Agus Santoso jusitifed to The Jakarta Post over the phone last week.

The Ministry justified the hike by the need to fund further Jakarta CGK modernisation to relieve the overcrowded terminals. Following the completion of Terminal 3 last year -some minor construction works are still being implemented for the time being- Angkasa Pura II -the airports’ authority- will start modernising and expanding Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. APII has been spending already US$490 million for the new Terminal 3. The company will invest over the next 18 months some US$200 million into T1 and T2.

A major investment will be the construction of a third runway, desperately needed to boost total air movements from 81 to 114 movements per hour. The airport will need to invest some US$400 million for land procurement and the runway construction. The authority is optimistic to be able to complete the runway by the end of 2019.

Reconfigured Terminals 1 and 2 will be able in the future to accommodate each 18 million passengers instead of 9 million, bringing Jakarta Airport total passengers capacity to 61 million passengers instead of 43 million for now. Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta last year accommodated a flow of 63 million passengers, up by 12% over 2016. Traffic is expected to further increase by 10% this year.

By 2021, Jakarta expects tto see some 90 million passengers a year. Feasibility studies are now being conducted to build a new airport in the vicinity of the currentone as Jakarta will need to accommodate over 100 million passengers after 2025.

Since January, all international flights have also been transferred to Terminal 3, relieving the crowded Terminal 2, which used to accommodate international flights from low cost carriers as well as some full-service carriers. Terminal 2 is now exclusively dedicated to domestic operations.