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Jakarta Post

High hopes for Runway 3 at Soekarno-Hatta airport

  • Chappy Hakim

Jakarta   /   Thu, February 13 2020   /  01:39 am

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Jan. 23 inaugurated the third runway of Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (SHIA), which was built to manage the rapid growth in air traffic at the country’s busiest airport. Over the past two decades, air traffic congestion has caused frequent disruption at departure terminals, resulting in many delayed flights, even outright cancellation. Air traffic had reached such a critical level that flight delays lasted between eight and 10 hours. Such a severe traffic problem could have been avoided had the SHIA management, in this case state-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II, properly anticipated the impacts of growth in traffic.Not only will the excessively high air traffic density be troublesome for travelers, but it will also threaten the safety of flights. Chaos in the departure hall will inconvenience passengers while they are a...