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Indonesia prepares for jump in number of airline passengers

  • Rachmadea Aisyah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, February 9, 2018   /   11:12 am
Indonesia prepares for jump in number of airline passengers President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, accompanied by Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi (right) and state-owned airport operator AP II president director Muhammad Awaluddin (second left), inspects terminal facilities at Silangit International Airport in Siborong-Borong, Tapanuli Utara regency, North Sumatra, on Nov. 24. (Antara/Puspa Perwitasari)

The government is preparing for a significant increase in the number of domestic passengers carried by Indonesian airlines, which is estimated by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to reach 355 million in 2036.

“We have to be ready for this jump in the number of passengers,” Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi told The Jakarta Post on the sidelines of a meeting in Jakarta on Thursday. “That is why we are building more and more airports across Indonesia.”

According to an IATA press release, Indonesia is one of the fastest-growing air travel markets, ranking in the top five for the projected increase in yearly passengers by 2036. Some 355 million passengers are expected in Indonesia that year, almost three times the 120 million carried in 2016.

That figure would make Indonesia the fourth-largest air travel market in the world, ranking behind China, the United States, India and Turkey.

Previously, the minister said the government had expanded many airports across the country to anticipate the boost in both domestic and international flights, as the country also aimed to increase tourist arrivals.

Meanwhile, in Greater Jakarta, after the completion of Terminal 3 at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Baten, state-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II (AP II) plans to renovate terminals 1 and 2. The latter will be used for domestic flights, while the new Terminal 3 will be used exclusively for international flights. (bbn)