New terminal at busy Jakarta airport

Jakarta’s main airport has opened a futuristic-looking terminal with the aim if handling tens of millions of additional passengers a year.

The StraitsTimes reports that the terminal cost almost five trillion Indonesian rupiah, but will allow Soekarno–Hatta International Airport to serve an additional 25 million passengers  a year.

Reports say it is expected to be fully operational by March next year – firstly seeving only domestic Garuda flights, before moving on to international services.

Garuda chief executive, Arif Wibowo, is reported as describing the new terminal as a “great milestone” that will help provide a better service for customers.

Covering 422,804 square metres, the new terminal is said to be slightly larger than Changi Airport’s Terminal 3 at Singapore.

The aim is to attract international passengers to choose Jakarta as a transit point.


Photo: courtesy Australian Broadcasting Corporation