Jakarta’s Halim Airport to re-open for commercial flights.
Halim Perdanakusuma Airport will commence commercial operations on 10 January 2014. Citilink will be the first airline, operating flights between Jakarta and the following cities: Yogyakarta, Semarang, Malang and Palembang. AirAsia and Garuda will follow with some flights (probably not all) in the future.
Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK) has a
nother problem: for much of the day, it has reached its peak capacity for take-offs and landings. This means there is no room available for new flights to/from Jakarta, a serious problem for new and expanding airlines, e.g. Sky Aviation, Pacific Royale, the resurrected Mandala Air.
While plans are afoot to expand Soekarno-Hatta and build a new airport in Karawang (70km east of Jakarta), these will take years to complete.
In response, Indonesia’s Transport Ministry has announced an interim solution: it will re-open Jakarta’s previous airport, Halim Perdanakusuma (HLP).
Halim Perdanakusuma Airport in East Jakarta was the city’s international airport until the construction of Soekarno-Hatta Airport in the 1980s.
These days it is used by military aircraft, Indonesia’s President and the occasional VIP.
Top left: Soekarno-Hatta Airport,
Bottom right: Halim Perdanakusuma Airport
It is not known how East Jakarta residents will react to the prospect of (as well as reduced travel time) increased noise, air pollution, etc. However, Soekarno-Hatta Airport management rarely concerns itself about such things, regularly evicting nearby residents to make way for the airport’s latest expansion plans.
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