The Jakarta Post
Soekarno-Hatta International Airport’s executive general manager M. Suriawan Wakan (right) drapes a Baduy scarf around the neck of a cabin crew member as a symbol of the launch of a low-cost carrier terminal, Terminal 2F, at the airport on Wednesday. The special terminal is expected to boost the number of domestic and foreign tourists in Indonesia. (Antara/Muhammad Iqbal)
State-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura (AP) II is set to develop its international low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport to accommodate significant growth in passenger numbers.
AP II president director Muhammad Awaludin said on Tuesday that the company had recorded 1.7 million international passengers on low-cost carriers (LCC) over the January-May period of this year, which is up 2.5 percent from the 1.66 million counted in the corresponding period of last year.
Meanwhile, up until June 9, the company recorded that the total number of LCC passengers at the airport increased by 2.27 percent to 1.8 million. The increase, he said, signaled that LCC airlines were still very much in demand.
To support the rising LCC demand, he said, his company had turned Soekarno-Hatta Terminal 2F in Tangerang, Banten, into a dedicated international LCCT in May, serving flight of several LCC operators, such as Air Asia Group, Cebu Pacific, Citilink, Lion Air Group, Jet Star Asia and, soon, Tiger Scoot.
“We’re upbeat that the terminal will help push LCC flights as well as help boost Indonesia’s tourist sector,” he said in a statement.
Aside from creating a dedicated terminal, the company also planned to add more facilities, such as self-check-in machines and bag-drop stations to the terminal to make it more convenient for travelers.
He said AP II planned to increase the number of self-check-in machines to 40 and decrease the number of manned check-in counters to only 10 in 2022. By that time, the company also plans to have 20 bag-drop stations, so that travelers can send their luggage to the plane on their own.
“Hopefully, the addition of these machines will create a hassle-free and stress-free journey for travelers as well as make Soekarno-Hatta airport the leader in Southeast Asia’s LCC market,” he said. (mut)