Archipelago

Bandung airport over capacity,
official says

The Husein Sastranegara International Airport in Bandung, West Java, is already running over capacity at more than one million passenger arrivals per year from a maximum capacity of 900,000 passengers, an official says.

According to state-owned airport operator PT AP II, the airport’s annual passenger arrivals reached 1.3 million.

“The infrastructure and facilities are serving more than it should as more and more airlines open routes to Bandung,” West Java transportation agency head Dicky Saromi said Tuesday in Bandung.

To tackle the issue, PT AP II will expand the airport, Dicky said.

PT AP II Husein Sastranegara Airport general manager Eko Diantoro said that the company was waiting to be able use land belonging to the Indonesian Air Force situated in the east of the passenger terminal.

“We expect to be able use it in August or September,” Eko said, adding that the expansion could boost the airport’s capacity to three million passenger arrivals per year.

Private airline Lion Air has just launched a new route connecting Bandung and Surabaya in East Java and will launch the Bandung – Denpasar, Bali, route on Wednesday.

Flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, state-owned airline Merpati, low-cost carrier Air Asia and Sriwijaya Air have served the Bandung – Surabaya route. Air Asia has also served the Bandung – Denpasar route.

Dicky hinted that Malaysia Airlines was considering reopening the Bandung – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, route after closing it on Oct. 4, 2011.

Bandung, once dubbed ‘the Paris of Java’, is one of the premier tourist destinations in Indonesia, offering shopping and culinary experiences, city views from its upper side and natural tourism objects. (swd)

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