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Indonesia planning airport shake-up

Indonesia's government is reportedly considering building at least one new reliever gateway for Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in a bid to cope with rising demand.

Indonesia's government is reportedly considering building at least one new reliever gateway for Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in a bid to cope with rising demand.

More than 35 million passengers used Soekarno-Hatta in 2010, and with throughput rising by 15% to 20% every year, the government is considering a host of infrastructure development options to ensure that Indonesia can handle the growth.

The options include expanding Soekarno-Hatta and the creation of number of new commercial airports which could be funded by Japan and other Asian nations.

Herry Bakti, Indonesia’s director general for Air transport at the Transport Ministry, is quoted as saying: "We plan for multiple airports in the Jakarta metropolitan area.”

In addition to building a new greenfield airport, it is believed that the government is considering commercialising Jakarta’s existing Halim military airport and a police airport.



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