Thu, Apr 18 2013 10:23 PM
Spotting in Indonesia. Jakarta.
Jakarta Airport Hotel - Prices range between £65-£75 per night room only.
All rooms face one of the runways, and lower numbered rooms are better. Rooms 01-09 will allow you to see airborne aircraft turning right off the other runway, or all arrivals depending on runway in use. Outside most rooms in the corridor directly facing your room door is a window which gives views of the traffic arriving or departing from the other runway. You will need an SBS to monitor this other runway though, just simply open your door and you can sit in your room and monitor both runways.
Here's the view available from room 09.
You can see part of one of the storage areas from room 09.
There are five viewing decks available at Jakarta.
To get to these you can catch the yellow shuttle transfer bus, there are many stops outside the terminal building as you exit outside from the hotel. These are all signposted in blue and say Shuttle transfer.
Once at Terminal 1, get off at the first stop. You will see a flight of steps ahead, with a sign above in blue saying ''waving gallery'' you will also see plenty of locals / staff sleeping on the steps and on the terrace itself. Each terrace is signposted exactly the same, and you can walk between each one in no time at all.
Terrace One. Gives you a view of the cargo ramp, and also a few Lion Air stands can be seen.
Terrace Two and three, are located above the Lion Air gates. Again only Lion Air stands can be seen, as well as a side on view of the runway.
The below photo was taken from terrace 2.
Terrace Four is the largest of the five, and I found this one the most useful. Sriwijaya Air parks here, this is a good area to photograph many of their surviving B732's as they come and go.
Like from gallery number there, you also have a full side on view of one of the runway. You can also see part of the storage area and read off a couple of aircraft parked up.
Here's the views taken from terrace 4.
Terrace Five. Batavia Air uses this area. Also one of the storage / maintenance areas is in full view from this gallery.
Below is a shot taken from terrace 5.
All five terraces need to be visited, as each one provides a different view, but terrace four would be a good one to base yourself at.
All terraces have a shelter, as well as a few benches. And all have a metal mesh from top to bottom, as well as a small barrier between you and the metal mesh fencing. At each terrace I visited I noticed quite a few had climed over the barrier and were stood right up against the mesh so i did the same. The holes in the fence are not large enough to fit your camera lens through, however they are big enough for you to position your camera against them to take a decent photo without getting any part of the mesh in the picture.