Jakartaâ€™s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport to Get $1.37b Face-Lift
Jakarta Globe. Jakarta - 26/07/2011
Jakarta’s substandard Soekarno-Hatta International Airport is to get a Rp 11.7 trillion ($1.37 billion) overhaul, the Ministry of Transportation said on Tuesday.
Herry Bhakti Gumay, director general of aviation transportation at ministry, was quoted by Detik.com as saying the revamp would be entirely funded by State-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura II.
“Construction will start in 2012 and in 2014, Soekarno-Hatta will become a world-class airport,” Herry told the news portal.
Changes included completing development of Terminal 3 by 2013, renovating terminals one and two, building a new cargo terminal by 2013.
Other improvements include an automated transportation system linking the terminals as well as a shopping mall and a hotel.
Herry acknowledged that Soekarno-Hatta was now incapable of coping with the number of passengers, which continue to grow.
“Currently the airport’s capacity is designed for 22 million passengers [annually] but in reality, the number of passengers has grown to 44 million,” Herry said.
The plan to redevelop the airport was first announced by Vice President Boediono in May.
Vice Presidential Spokesman Boediono’s said it was hoped that the number of passengers would increase to 62 million people by 2014.
“That will mean increasing the apron capacity from the current 125 aircraft to 174 aircraft.”