Indonesia targets second Jakarta airport by 2020

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Indonesia’s transport ministry is targeting opening a second major airport serving Jakarta by 2020.

Speaking to reporters recently, director general of civil aviation Herry Bakti says a detailed study of the proposed Kawarang International airport, located east of Jakarta, is ongoing, and that design of the facility should start by 2015. The aim is to commence construction in 2016, giving it four years before a first phase opening of the airport.

Bakti adds that 80% of the land on the identified site is government owned, and that discussions are ongoing with various ministries to get the plot ready for the new airport.

The new airport will, like the country's main gateway Soekarno-Hatta airport, have a capacity to handle 95 million passengers annually, and four runways. The airport will however be opened in phases, says Bakti.

Meanwhile, works to improve and expand the existing Jakarta airport are ongoing. With an expected annual growth of 15%, the airport is expected to hit its limit by 2020.

Earlier this year, the government reopened Halim Perdanakusuma airport to commercial operations to cope with rising congestion at Soekarno-Hatta.