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Jakarta Post

Citilink, Merpati, Batik Air to move to Halim

  • Nurfika Osman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, June 25 2012   /  09:00 am

Flight operations of three airlines will be moved to Halim Perdanakusuma Airport in East Jakarta to give more room for Soekarno-Hatta International Airport expansion, the state airport operator says.

Citilink, a unit of national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia; ailing Merpati Nusantara Airlines and Lion Air’s full service airline Batik Air would have to run their operations from Halim from the beginning of 2013, said Tri Sunoko, president director of Angkasa Pura (AP) II.

“We have to move their operations to Halim to help smooth our job of expanding Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, which has been operating overcapacity. We are currently studying the [Halim] airport thoroughly to accommodate more commercial flights next year,” Tri told The Jakarta Post.

The number of passengers passing through Soekarno-Hatta reached 51.1 million last year, more than 132 perc...