Indonesia's Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in the country's capital, Jakarta, is set to be upgraded for the first time since the 1980s.
2011's 12th-busiest airport, Soekarno-Hatta International is well-established but now overcrowded, so its expansion is considered vital. Virtually bursting at the seams, the airport experiences significant flight delays at peak times, while passengers can expect to wait up to 60 minutes to be reunited with their luggage after arriving there.
Beyond Soekarno-Hatta International Airport's boundaries, there are further problems, with telecommunications issues and blackouts suffered in the local area.
Jakarta Airport Upgrade
Constructed in 1985, the site still has some features from its decade of origin but, now, operator Angkasa Pura II is investing the equivalent of $1.24bn into bringing it up to date and on a par with other major global airports.
"The issue of overcapacity at the airport is very serious and this is the main concern leading us to revamp", Angkasa Pura II's Hari Cahyono stated in comments on the Jakarta airport upgrade quoted by the Straits Times publication.
The Soekarno-Hatta International Airport upgrade will be carried out in phases, with one element due for completion in 2014. This will give it the capacity to handle 62 million passengers every 12 months.
Upgrade at Jakarta Airport
In 2015, if all goes to plan, the upgrade at Jakarta Airport should include a new terminal and an extra runway and this will expand capacity yet further, up to 75 million passengers.
Data published by Airports Council International rates Soekarno-Hatta International as the 12th-busiest airport on Earth, having handled over 51 million passengers last year. It presently boasts a pair of parallel runways, each over 11,000 feet long, and three terminals.
"As the main entry point to the country, the Jakarta airport is a representation of Indonesia", Hari added. "We should welcome visitors with a good image."
While Jakarta's airport is being upgraded, an entirely new site is being constructed in Medan which will serve as a regional hub at the same level as Singapore's Changi and Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airports.
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