The rapid increase in the number of air passengers in the past few years has demanded a substantial increase in air transportation infrastructure such as airports, particularly those serving domestic routes and destinations. In response, the government has been ambitiously developing 15 new airports under the 2015-2019 national medium-term development program (RPJMN) and is planning to develop 12 more in the 2020- 2024 RPJMN. The Jakarta Post’s Riza Roidila Mufti, Fachrul Sidiq and Imanuddin Razak take a close look at the issue.

by Riza Roidila Mufti, Fachrul Sidiq & Imanuddin Razak

With Indonesia being the world’s fourth most-populous country, coupled with the growth of the middle class, boom of low-cost carriers in the recent decade and overall economic growth, many domestic travelers are shifting from slower means of land and sea transportation services to faster and more comfortable air travel. Statistics Indonesia (BPS) has recorded a steady growth of domestic air travelers, from 71.63 million passengers departing on domestic flights and 73.89 million passengers arriv-ing on domestic flights in 2014; to 72.56 million and 75.59 million passengers, respectively, in 2015; to 83.35 million and 87.21 million passengers in 2016; and to 90.74 million and 95.40 million passengers in 2017. Indonesia is widely regarded as an emerging global market for air travel. The country is ranked as having the second-fastest growing aviation industry in the world after Chin...