Jakarta’s Second Airport

Last updated: January 8, 2014
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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 another 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.

George W Bush Beyonce @ Halim Barack Obama, Halim Airport
Three recent arrivals at Halim

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

Halim Airport would be closer and more convenient for many Jakartans, as well as tourists staying in Central, East and South Jakarta.

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.

10 Comments on “Jakarta’s Second Airport”

  1. Chris says:

    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.

    This might shape their opinion, to put it mildly:

    Indonesian Military Aircraft Crashes Near East Jakarta Airport

    A Fokker 27 airplane operated by the Indonesian Military (TNI) crashed near Halim Perdanakusuma Airport in East Jakarta on Thursday.

    It is not clear yet how many people were onboard the aircraft, but local TV station Metro TV reported that the plane crashed into eight houses in a neighborhood near the airport, which is a base of the Indonesian Air Force. The houses were reportedly torched.

  2. Chris says:

    UPDATE: 25 JUNE 2012

    Citilink, Merpati, Batik Air to move to Halim

    Citilink, … Merpati Nusantara Airlines and Lion Air’s full service airline Batik Air would have to run their operations from Halim from the beginning of 2013, said Tri Sunoko, president director of Angkasa Pura (AP) II.

  3. Oigal says:

    Batik Air?? Seriously..Gunna be an interesting paint job

  4. Chris says:

    Hi Oigal,

    Batik Air?? Seriously..Gunna be an interesting paint job

    Maybe, but it’s better than the previous proposed name: Space Jet.

  5. Ajay says:

    Its about time Jkt needs another airport.

  6. aetherica says:

    I still remember when there were Kemayoran Airport and Halim Perdanakusuma as Jakarta’s two main airports. I was still in primary school and the Cengkareng (Soekarno-Hatta) was still under development. There was Indonesian Air Show (1986) at Kemayoran with Mirage 2000, CN-235, RAF’s Red Arrows, etc. Time flies.. and now Jakarta definitely needs a new airport .

  7. Chris says:

    Batik Air?? Seriously..Gunna be an interesting paint job

    Indeed it is:

    With the demise of Batavia Air, Batik Air will be able to fly in its place at Soekarno-Hatta Airport, not Halim. Other expected transfers of airline operations from Soekarno-Hatta to Halim have also been postponed indefinitely.

  8. Chris says:

    After being delayed by the demise of Batavia Air, apparently the plan to re-open Halim for commercial flights is now back on again and going to happen in November 2013. The candidates most likely to move are Citilink and Tiger/Mandala.

  9. Chris says:

    The “revitalisation” of Halim Perdanakusuma Airport is now believed to be completed in December. This time, the airlines that are rumoured to move over from Soekarno-Hatta Airport are: Citilink, Batik Air, AirAsia and Merpati Airlines.

    Meanwhile, the government’s latest hopeful idea to reduce overcrowding at Soekarno-Hatta Airport is to issue a moratorium on airlines flying new domestic routes to/from Jakarta and airlines increasing flight frequency. They are also hoping to “encourage” airlines to use larger aircraft and fly common routes (e.g. Jakarta to Surabaya, Jakarta to Medan) less frequently. This seems like wishful thinking when only Garuda Indonesia owns any larger aircraft: 99% of these flights use Boeing 737 and Airbus A320.

  10. Chris says:

    Citilink has published its schedule of flights to/from Halim Perdanakusuma Airport in Jakarta:

    Yogyakarta – Jakarta (ETD 05:55 – ETA 07:00)
    Jakarta – Yogyakarta (ETD 11:20 – ETA 12:35)
    Yogyakarta – Jakarta (ETD 13:05 – ETA 14:20)
    Jakarta – Yogyakarta (ETD 13:20 – ETA 14:35)
    Yogyakarta – Jakarta (ETD 15:05 – ETA 16:20)
    Jakarta – Yogyakarta (ETD 19:50 – ETA 20:55)

    Jakarta – Malang (ETD 07:30 – ETA 08:55)
    Malang – Jakarta (ETD 09:25 – ETA 10:50)

    Jakarta – Semarang (ETD 09:55 – ETA 11:10)
    Semarang – Jakarta (ETD 11:35 – ETA 12:50)
    Jakarta – Semarang (ETD 14:50 – ETA 16:05)
    Semarang – Jakarta (ETD 16:35 – ETA 17:50)

    Palembang – Jakarta (ETD 08:20 – ETA 09:25)
    Jakarta – Palembang (ETD 16:45 – ETA 17:50)
    Palembang – Jakarta (ETD 18:20 – ETA 19:25)
    Jakarta – Palembang (ETD 18:20 – ETA 19:25)

    You can make a flight enquiry here

    You can book a hotel near Halim Perdanakusuma Airport here.

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