(Kontan/Cheppy A. Muchils)
Bambang Yudhoyono officially launched the ceremony of the Soekarno-Hatta International
Airport expansion project
in Cengkareng, Banten, on Thursday.
said the expansion had become one of the most important infrastructure projects
in the country as it was an answer to the rising demands of airline passengers.
in the airline industry is rising significantly due to our strong economic
growth. By expanding Soekarno-Hatta
we hope it will bring more benefits to our economy because transportation is
the key to better developing the country," he said.
The first phase
of the project would include the construction of a new apron and expansion of
Terminal 3, which serves budget carriers such as Mandala Air, Indonesia AirAsia
and Lion Air on its Denpasar route.
airport operator Angkasa Pura II (AP II) is to increase the capacity of the
terminal from four million passengers to 25 million.
project also includes the revitalization of Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, the
cargo terminal and a new apron in a 300,000 square meter plot that is able to
handle up to 30 wide-body aircraft, such as the Boeing B747 and Airbus A330.
The project is
expected to finish at the end of 2014 and be operational in early 2015.
going to face the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015. It means that we have to
prepare ourselves in order to reap the benefits of this community. I urge every
party in the country to work together because Indonesia should be strong enough
before the community is implemented," Yudhoyono said.
Based on data
from the Transportation Ministry, the number of passengers passing through the
airport reached 51.1 million in 2011, more than 132 percent of its maximum
capacity of 22 million passengers a year. (iwa)