Soekarno-Hatta Airport Expansion Plan - Photo: Angkasa Pura II

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories)—Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo on Thursday (21/06) announced a Rp11 trillion (US$789.8 million) plan to add a fourth terminal at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.

The current development process is in the engineering design process with construction estimates starting in 2020. Soekarno-Hatta Airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II (Persero) will invite bids from the private sector for the development of the fourth terminal.

Widodo said the construction of terminal 4 is important as Soekarno Hatta Airport is the busiest in Indonesia. In addition, Indonesia also recorded air passenger growth of 9 per cent per year which should be anticipated with adequate airport facilities.

The passenger surge is expected to reach more than 100 million by 2025 from currently 63 million passengers. “(There is) very fast growth in passengers. That is why we continue to build new airports, new terminals,” he said.

Currently, Angkasa Pura II is constructing the third terminal which is expected to be completed by 2019. The current development of East Cross Taxi Way, parallel taxiway in the north, and the construction of the third runway in the north part of the airport.

The land acquisition process in terminal 3 has been completed 70 per cent. The parallel taxiway is expected to be completed by the end of December 2018. Then for the third runway in the north will be completed around June 2019.

The addition of the third runway will increase flight activity from current 81 takeoffs/landing to 120 takeoffs/landing. This development will also significantly reduce passenger queue at Soekarno Hatta airport.

In addition, the third runway will also increase the flight slot from abroad who want to go to Indonesia. Currently, many flights from the Middle East, Asia, and Europe seek entries to Soekarno Hatta airport but there is no capacity.

Previously, Indonesia AirAsia President Director Dendy Kurniawan the main challenge is the airport as there is a limited slot to fly in the popular airports, especially during busy hours. “The airports’ operators should tackle this problem,” he said.

Another problem is a restriction for the foreign airlines to enter non-international airports. For example, if the aviation company want to open route to Labuan Bajo, the flight should connect it through the international airport.

“It is inefficient. It would be better if the government allows the foreign airlines to fly direct from overseas to the non-international airports,” he added.