Indonesia’s Batam Hang Nadim International airport commenced 24 hour operations since 31 May.
The move to operate 24h was made after requests by low-cost carriers Citilink and Lion Air to allow flights to land late at night, and to facilitate aircraft movements headed to Batam Aerotechnic for maintenance. Previously, Hang Nadim’s operating hours were from 06.00 till 21.00, says the airport’s head of finance and general affairs Suwarso.
Hang Nadim had intended to begin operating on a 24h basis since February, but delayed the plan due to a shortage of personnel.
Although it expects to incur losses with the longer operating hours, Suwarso believes airport congestion could be minimised while allowing additional flights to be accommodated. Citilink has also expressed interest to add frequencies of its existing services, while Lion Air is looking at the possibility of adding new services to destinations in eastern Indonesia, he adds.
FlightMaps Analytics shows that as of 4 June, Batam is connected to 17 domestic destinations, while Kuala Lumpur is its sole international destination. Carriers that fly to the airport are Citilink, Firefly, Garuda Indonesia, Lion Air, Sriwijaya Air and Wings Air. Malaysia's Malindo Air is the latest entrant, with the launch of a thrice-weekly service from Kuala Lumpur's secondary Subang airport to Batam since 28 May.
Data from the country’s directorate general of civil aviation website shows that Hang Nadim has a single 4,025m runway. Batam is located approximately 20km (12.4mi) south of Singapore.