Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang takes the seventh spot in the global rank and the second spot in the Asia Pacific region at the 2017 Megahubs International Index. (JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)
Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang takes the seventh spot in the global rank and the second spot in the Asia Pacific region at the 2017 Megahubs International Index.
The list is published by OAG, a UK-based air travel intelligence company.
The airport that is run by state-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II only lost by one point to Changi Airport in Singapore. The first spot is taken by Heathrow Airport in the United Kingdom, followed by airports in Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Chicago and Toronto.
“The ranking is based on international seat capacity data between July 2016 and July 2017. There are three operational stability factors that Soekarno-Hatta needs to maintain, the first one is infrastructure on the air side, land side and terminals,” said PT Angkasa Pura II president director Muhammad Awaluddin.
Second point is the availability of skillful human resources and the last one is sustainable improvement on the management's efficiency and effectiveness concerning smart airport program.
Regarding whether Soekarno-Hatta International Airport can still increase its seat capacity, Awaluddin said it’s still possible to do that.
“Yes it can, by adding more new flight routes especially international ones and provides incentive for airlines,” he said.
The airport is estimated to welcome more than 60 million passengers throughout 2017.
Additionally, Soekarno-Hatta also takes the second spot in the list of world’s busiest international air routes by routesonline.com for the Jakarta – Singapore route with 322,448 passengers per month. (kes)