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Jakarta Post

Major RI airports bursting at the seams: Inaca

  • Irawaty Wardany

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, July 29 2011   /  08:00 am

The breakneck growth of the airline industry coupled with sluggish infrastructure development have left the busiest airports in the country with more traffic than they were designed to handle.

Delegates to the Indonesian National Air Carriers Association (Inaca) general meeting in Jakarta on Thursday said at least four of the busiest airports in the country were in trouble, with two of them catering to six times their designated capacity.

“The airports include Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, which has the capacity to handle 22 million passengers a year but had to accommodate 40 million passengers in 2010,” Syafril Nasution, Inaca’s head of scheduled flights division, said.

Other heavily burdened airports include Medan’s Polonia, which has the capacity to serve 900,000 passengers, but had to accommodate 4.9 million people last year; Bali’s...