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Jakarta Post

Surabaya airport needs a makeover

  • Indra Harsaputra

    The Jakarta Post

Surabaya   /   Mon, October 25 2010   /  09:45 am

Charmed by lucrative budget airfares, a surge of passengers has put pressure on Juanda International Airport in the East Java provincial capital of Surabaya.

The airport is overloaded, even though it only opened for operation on Nov. 7, 2006, state-owned airport management firm PT Angkasa Pura I executive Trikora Harjo said, adding that passenger volume has increased at a rate of 7-10 percent each year. Some 8.8 million passengers used the airport in 2008, and the figure rose to 10.6 million last year, he said.

“We estimate the number of passengers will rise to 11.1 million this year. The situation is far beyond expectations, because the airport was only designed to accommodate 6.5 million passengers a year,” Trikora told The Jakarta Post.

The circumstances have been blamed for frequent delays, such as last month, when a Batavia Air Surabaya-Jakarta flight was de...