Soekarno-Hatta Airport Over-Capacity – 63m passengers recorded in 2017

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

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Passenger traffic at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Indonesia’s busiest, looks to have exceeded its ideal capacity last year, after recording 63 million passengers in 2017, higher than the airport’s ideal capacity of 60 million.

The operator of the airport, PT Angkasa Pura II, commenced the operation of Terminal 3 in June of last year, augmenting annual airport capacity by 12.5 million. However, the growth of passenger traffic, both international and domestic, has been faster than the capacity expansion of the airport.

Passenger traffic growth was also facilitated by the completion of Terminal 3, as well as renovations at Terminals 1 and 2.

Further expansion of Soekarno-Hatta Airport capacity is still required, as passenger traffic is projected to rise to over 100 million by 2025.

As announced by the airport operator, the Soekarno-Hatta airport served 63 million airline passengers throughout 2017, up by 8 per cent from 58.2 million in 2016.

Soekarno-Hatta is the main airport serving the greater Jakarta area on the island of Java, Indonesia. The airport is named after the first President of Indonesia, Soekarno, and the first vice-president, Mohammad Hatta.

Last year, the number of international-bound passengers jumped to 14.71 million. This was a 12 per cent increase over 2016, the airport reported in a press statement. Meanwhile, the number of domestic passengers also increased by 7 percent, to 48.3 million.

In line with the rise in passenger numbers, aircraft movements also went up, lifting by 8 percent to 447,390.

“This is thanks to the implementation of a sustainable ‘smart airport’ program, which gives us more efficiency and increased operational effectiveness,” the airport’s Executive General Manager M. Suriawan Wakan said in the statement.

Management has also been developing all three existing terminals, including supporting facilities, such as a Skytrain that connects the airport terminals.

Last week, President Joko Widodo officially inaugurated the new airport train that connects Soekarno-Hatta Airport Station in Tangerang, Banten, and Manggarai Station in South Jakarta. This transportation is expected to cut travel time to the airport from downtown Jakarta.

The airport train will be integrated with other public transportation, such as the Greater Jakarta Commuter Line, light rail transit (LRT) and bus rapid transit (BRT).

Soekarno-Hatta International Airport is the main entrance for foreign tourists to Indonesia, followed by Ngurah Rai International Airport, Bali. Government and stakeholders already committed to develop airports to facilitate the 20 million tourist arrivals anticipated in 2019.

The number of foreign tourists coming into Indonesia from January to November 2017 grew 21.84 percent to 12.68 million, according to Statistics Indonesia.

For November 2017, the number of foreign tourist arrivals expanded 5.86 percent to 1.06 million people, on a yearly basis.

China, followed by Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and India, contributed the highest figure of foreign visitors to Bali, with, respectively, 13.36 per cent, 12.25 per cent, 11.30 per cent, 7.81 per cent and 3.77 per cent.

Angkasa Pura II President Director Muhammad Awaluddin said recently that in order to anticipate growing passenger traffic at the airport, Angkasa Pura II has set a plan to develop Terminal 4, which will be located near the Soewarna warehouse.

Awaluddin admits that the adding the capacity in term of aircraft services at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport is an “urgent matter”, therefore developing the third runway, and the supporting facilities are crucial. These facilities will assure smooth flow of aircraft flows – both take-off and landing.

Written by Elisa Valenta, email: elisa.valenta@theinsiderstories.com