Hard to fill up Terminal 3 in Jakarta which still looks relatively empty. Three more airlines will join over the next weeks to come.
Opened just a year ago, Terminal 3 in Jakarta is bringing new standards in terms of facilities and services to passengers and airlines. Originally dedicated to Garuda Indonesia and its partners of Skyteam, the terminal started to receive new international airlines earlier this year -including international flights of AirAsia, which reintegrated the old Terminal 3 structure.
Thai Airways, Qantas and Jetsar Asia are set to move from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport’s Terminal 2 and start operating out of Terminal 3 in May, an official from state-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II (AP II) said on Wednesday.
Thai Airways will make the move on May 1, while the two other airlines will move on May 11, said Erwin Revianto, AP II senior manager of branch communications and legal affairs for Soekarno-Hatta Airport, as reported by local newspaper.
He said the relocation was part of AP II’s commitment to improving its services to both airlines and passengers.
Among the facilities that are available at Terminal 3 include e-parking, a crowd management system, free WiFi, self check-in (in progress), digital banners, an e-kiosk way finding system, body scanners, auto-gate immigration service and a trolley management system.
During the transitional period, the airport operator will provide passengers with flight information to assure the relocation can proceed smoothly.
“We understand the importance of helping airlines provide the best services. Therefore, AP II will fully support the relocation of Thai Airways,” Erwin said, adding that the passengers needed to arrive at the airport earlier during the transitional period.
In another development, the train to the recently opened Airport Express train provides now more frequencies for passengers with a connection every 30 minutes. Trains are also becoming faster: travelling time is now 46 minutes from the BNI City train station – also known as Sudirman Baru Station – in Central Jakarta to the airport instead of 55 minutes before. Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi had pledged to cut the travel time to 38 minutes but improvement will still be necessary along the tracks…