Jakarta’s Halim airport back in operation on 10 Jan

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Jakarta’s secondary Halim Perdanakusuma airport will resume commercial operations on 10 January and this is expected to alleviate congestion at Soekarno-Hatta airport.

Three carriers have confirmed plans to operate flights out of Halim, says a ministry spokesman. These are Citilink and its parent Garuda Indonesia, and Indonesia AirAsia. Separately, Lion says it will use the airport too.

Citilink will be the first operator, launching services to Malang, Semarang and Yogyakarta on 10 January. Garuda Indonesia will follow in February, with services to Palembang, Pontianak, Semarang, Surabaya and Yogyakarta. From March, Indonesia AirAsia will serve Medan, Surabaya and Yogyakarta.

The frequencies operated by the three carriers will initially be daily, and could be raised at a later time, the spokesman says.

In an email to Flightglobal Pro, the Lion Group confirmed that it has decided to move some of Lion Air’s flights to Halim, instead of having full service carrier Batik Air operate out of the airport as it had planned previously.

The group believes that Halim will be attractive to Lion passengers travelling to high frequency destinations such as Medan and Surabaya.

Once the airport resumes commercial operations, it will be operated 24h and have up to 126 slots daily. The ministry spokesman says it will likely have six aircraft movements an hour. General and business aviation will continue to use Halim as well.

Halim will remain subject to closures during VIP movements or military-related operations. A major Indonesian air force base is also based at the airport.

Located east of Jakarta, Halim has a single 3,000m (9,800ft) runway. Data from the country's directorate general of civil aviation shows that the airport's apron is capable of accommodating up to five small and medium-sized aircraft, and up to 13 widebodies.