Jakarta Now South East Asia’s Busiest Airport By Passenger Traffic

Did you use to believe that Singapore was South East Asia’s busiest airport ? Or Bangkok ? It’s time to change your belief now.

Indonesia’s Jakarta Soekarano Hatta ( CGK ) airport has now surpassed both Singapore and Bangkok to become Southeast Asia’s busiest airport by passenger traffic.

For the 12 months ending September 2010, CGK has recorded 42,528,882 passenger movements* to become World’s 16th busiest airport.

* Total passengers enplaned and deplaned, transit passengers counted only once. Source : Airports Council International .

Jakarta Airport T2 Photo by Gunawan Kartapranata

With 42.4m passengers, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi is now in Southeast Asia’s second place, while Singapore is third with 41m passengers.

The Jakarta airport’s amazing 21.2% growth must have a lot backed from AirAsia, Garuda, and Lion Air’s expansion. All three carriers, as well as other smaller players, expanded in the last year both domestically, and internationally. The airport had recorded 37,143,719 passengers in 2009.

Amongst latest airlines to CGK are Mihin Lanka from Colombo and ANA from Tokyo Narita . The competition has not been sweet for every airline though – Kartika Air has ceased operating, Mandala has seen its fleet shrink from eleven to five aircraft – but the rest has seen expansion, with Sriwijaya Air, Batavia, AirAsia, Lion Air and Garuda all expanding their fleets. And the growth, however has not been without its downsides – the airport, terminals and the parking lots are now crowded than ever before – with a new runway being mulled to handle the increase in air traffic.

Although CGK’s dominant traffic source is still domestic traffic, the airport’s growing criteria of international business – mainly fueled by Garuda’s product revamp and expansion will have a bigger part to play in the airport’s future.

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