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Jakarta Post

Halim Perdanakusuma Airport back to normal after massive flooding

  • Riza Roidila Mufti
    Riza Roidila Mufti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, January 2, 2020   /   11:01 am
Halim Perdanakusuma Airport back to normal after massive flooding Aircrafts are parked at inundated Halim Perdanakusuma Airport in Jakarta on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2019. (Transportation Ministry's Air Transportation Directorate General/-)

Operations at Halim Perdanakusuma Airport in East Jakarta resumed on Thursday after the airport was forced to close Wednesday morning on account of massive flooding in Greater Jakarta.

State-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura II said the runway was no longer inundated. Flooding had prevented planes from taking off and landing, forcing all flights to be moved to Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten.  

“We are very sorry for any inconveniences caused. The flight diversions went well,” said Angkasa Pura II president director M. Awaluddin in a statement on Thursday. 

Read also: ‘Not ordinary rain’: Worst rainfall in over decade causes massive floods in Jakarta

Jakarta experienced on Tuesday night its worst rainfall in over a decade, with rains pounding the city nonstop until Wednesday morning. The rains caused severe flooding in the capital and its satellite cities on the first day of 2020.

The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) recorded rainfall intensity on New Year’s Eve at 377 millimeters. The rate was the highest since 2007 when rainfall intensity reached 340 mm in one day. 

Angkasa Pura II corporate communication vice president Yado Yarismano said the company had checked all airport facilities, equipment and runway, confirming that they all fulfilled operational worthiness standards. 

A number of airlines operate out of Halim Perdanakusuma, including Wings Air, Batik Air and Citilink Indonesia.