State-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II will close down access point M1 at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport starting from June due to Terminal 3 construction activity.
“As we will start to develop Terminal 3, the airport’s entry access through gate M1 will be closed down starting from June,” said PT Angkasa Pura II president director Tri S.Sunoko in Tangerang on Tuesday, as quoted by Antara news agency.
The operator company will direct motorists to enter the airport through the southern route -- along Jl Surya Darma Ali and head to Rawa Bokor – or the northern route via Rawa Bokor and come out at FM 7.
Tri said PT Angkasa Pura II was also preparing infrastructure necessary to anticipate the increased flow of vehicles due to the upcoming traffic changes.
He acknowledged that drivers would find that the new route was longer than the old one but the operator company had coordinated with other institutions to anticipate all possible impacts of the changes.
Officers from the Traffic and Land Transportation Agency (DLLAJ) at the Transportation Ministry and police will help road users heading to Soekarno-Hatta Airport from Tangerang.
“We have been preparing the traffic shift and the impact that may result. So, we didn’t make the decision [to close down M1] without preparing solutions,” said PT Angkasa Pura II’s director of operations, Salahudin Rafi.
PT Angkasa Pura II and the Kawahapejaya Indonesia consortium signed an agreement to develop Terminal 3 (T3 Ultimate) Soekarno-Hatta Airport worth Rp 4.7 trillion (US$489 million).
The airport expansion project will be carried out by 10 construction companies over 850 days in three stages. The first stage will be complete in September 2014, increasing the airport’s capacity to 8.5 million passengers per year.
The second stage is expected to be completed in January 2015 and it will increase the airport’s capacity to 21 million passengers per year. Once the third stage of the airport expansion is completed in July 2015, the airport will be able to accommodate 25 million passengers per year.
Currently, Soekarno-Hatta Airport, located on a 34,000-square-meter-site, can accommodate 4 million passengers per year.
After the expansion, the airport’s terminal will expand to 354,000 square meters, with 88,000 square meters of parking and 7,000 square meters of VIP rooms. (ebf)