State airport operator Angkasa Pura II will hold a ground-breaking ceremony to mark expansion of Soekarno-Hatta International Airport later this month, corporate secretary Trisno Heryadi said in a news release on Tuesday.
Trisno’s statement came as a strong affirmation from the government to revamp and boost the country’s infrastructure development.
The expansion of the country’s main international airport will cost Rp 11.7 trillion ($1.3 billion) Trisno said.
The corporate secretary said that the expansion was expected to boost the airport’s capacity to 62 million passengers per year from the 22 million passengers per year for which the existing airport was designed. The airport, he said, is now handling 44 million passengers per year.
“The pre-groundbreaking work has already begun and, God willing, when completed in 2014, we will feel a significant change in Soekarno-Hatta,” Trisno said.
He said that the state-owned company would finance the expansion with its own cash, allotting a capital expenditure of Rp 1.4 trillion for this year.
The first phase of the project will include the expansion of Terminal 3 and the construction of an access road, a cargo terminal and a new integrated building linking the three terminals.
Trisno said that the company was also expanding the capacity of nine other airports throughout the country, which have seen rapid growth in passenger use, focusing on increasing the capacity of passengers terminals including all the supporting facilities such as aprons, runways and accessibility. He named just a few of the airports under expansion.
He said Sultan Syarif Kasim II Airport in Pekanbaru, Riau, would see its capacity rise from about 700,000 passengers per year to 2.5 million per year. The work is expected to finish by the end of August.
Supadio Airport in Pontianak, West Kalimantan, will see its capacity expand to 2.5 million passengers per year from its current mark of 0.875 million passengers per year. Work on this project is expected to conclude at the end of 2013.
Depati Amir Airport in Pangkal Pinang, Bangka-Belitung, will see its passenger capacity jump to about 1.3 million, which is a million more than it handles now.
Jambi’s Sultan Thaha Airport will increase its capacity from a half-million passengers to 1.5 million.