Garuda, Citilink, Batik Air apply for Jakarta’s Halim airport operations

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Garuda Indonesia, Citilink and Batik Air have filed applications with Indonesia's transport ministry to operate services out of Jakarta’s secondary Halim Perdanakusuma airport.

If the applications are approved, the airlines would transfer operations from Jakarta's main airport Soekarno-Hatta to Halim. This would be made on a route-by-route basis, says a spokesman for the ministry.

He adds that commercial operations from the airport could begin either in October or November.

Tigerair Mandala also confirmed in June that it had applied with Indonesian authorities to move its operations to Halim. However, the carrier has not yet announced when it intends to start operations from the airport.

A spokesman for Lion Group, which owns Batik Air, adds that the carrier has received approval from Indonesia’s directorate general of civil aviation to move its operations to Halim.

The airline is now working with Angkasa Pura II (AP II), which operates the two airports, to facilitate the move. It hopes to complete this in December, the spokesman adds.

Opening Halim to limited commercial routes is expected to help relieve chronic congestion at Soekarno-Hatta, which has been operating above its design capacity for a number of years. AP II is undertaking a major expansion programme for the airport and that is expected to boost capacity to 62 million passengers per annum by 2015.

Flightglobal Pro data shows that the airport handled 57.8 million passengers in 2012.