Soekarno-Hatta Airport Expansion to Start in July

By webadmin on 11:36 am May 23, 2012
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The ground breaking ceremony that will mark the beginning of an ambitious expansion project at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang has been scheduled for July, according to an executive with State airport operator Angkasa Pura II.

The operator’s President Director Tri Suriadjie Sunoko said the first phase of expansion will include: Adding on to the third terminal, an access road, a cargo terminal and an integrated building linking the three terminals.

With the expansion, the airport’s capacity will increase to 62 million passengers per year. The airport currently handles 40 million passengers annually — although when it was opened in the early 1980s, Soekarno-Hatta was only designed to handle 22 million passengers per year.

Suriadjie said Angkasa Pura III will also establish a project coordinator which will include deputy ministers from the ministries of transportation and state enterprises to monitor the implementation of the master schedule. The project coordinator will also be responsible for accelerating land purchases for the construction of a third runway, as well as a fourth terminal, he added.

The meeting, Suriadjie said, also agreed on the need to accelerate the establishment of the Institute for Indonesian Aviation Navigation Services, which will take the form of a state owned company that will oversee air traffic services in Indonesia.

Angkasa Pura II financial director Laurensius Manurung said that a total of Rp 11.75 trillion ($1.3 billion) was needed to raise the airport’s passenger handling capacity to the desired 62 million-a-year target.

The company, he said, is allocating at least Rp 1.4 trillion for this year.