The Jakarta Post
State-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura (AP) II will dedicate Terminal 2F of Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten to low-cost carrier services as international flights have been moving to Terminal 3.
“We will formally operate Terminal 2F as an LCCT [low-cost carrier terminal] on May 1,” said AP II president director M. Awaluddin in a statement on Thursday.
The move was made in response to the Tourism Ministry’s aim to increase tourist arrivals.
The operation of a dedicated LCCT was an also an initial step toward segmented services at the airport, which has three terminals, Awaluddin said, adding that the company would also prepare a terminal for umrah (minor haj) travel.
“We expect an increase in inbound traffic to due to the potential increase of foreign tourist arrivals at the LCCT,” Awaluddin said, adding that the majority of low-cost carrier passengers were budget travelers.
Under the LCCT status, the ground time for each airplane was estimated at one hour, said Awaluddin, who assured digitalized services would be available at the LCCT.
He said the fares of airlines taking off from the LCCT would be flexible.
Meanwhile, Soekarno-Hatta branch communication and legal senior manager Febri Toga said the airport was preparing a number of facilities for the LCCT operation, including the establishment of immigration counters, quarantine rooms, ground-handling offices, aviation security and a customs room.
Terminal 2 is currently separated into 2D, 2E and 2F.
Febri said Terminal 2D was dedicated to domestic flights, Terminal 2E both domestic and low-cost carrier flights, in addition to Terminal 2F, which was a dedicated LCCT.
Ten low-cost carriers operate from the airport, while two more airlines from India and China were also expected to use the terminal. (bbn)