Soekarno-Hatta raises runway capacity

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Soekarno-Hatta International airport has raised its runway capacity up to a maximum of 72 movements per hour, effective 26 June.

Previously, the airport was able to handle only up to 64 movements per hour on its two runways, says Angkasa Pura II (AP II), which operates Jakarta’s main gateway.

However, the higher number of movements only applies to selected hours due to runway inspection works and limited visibility at sunset.

To facilitate the increase, Indonesia’s Flight Navigation Service agency (LPPNPI) has reduced the amount of time an aircraft can occupy a runway while landing from 65 to 50 seconds. The time permitted for an aircraft to taxi out of the runway is also reduced, from 110 to 90 seconds.

“Through the increase in runway capacity to the stipulated 72 movements per hour, we hope the amount of delays or delayed departures and arrivals would be reduced,” says AP II’s president Tri Sunoko.

LPPNPI’s director for air traffic management Amran adds that for schedule changes, carriers are now required to apply three days ahead of the change, instead of the previous one day, through the Indonesia Slot Coordinator (IDSC).

In an earlier statement, LPPNPI’s president director Ichwanul Idrus also says that the number of movements Soekarno-Hatta can accommodate will further increase to 86 per hour in 2015.

Separately, AP II is working on an "aerotropolis" concept for Medan’s Kuala Namu International airport.

The airport operator did not specify a time frame for the development, which is contingent on the the expansion of Kuala Namu’s infrastructure and facilities and studies.

By implementing the aerotropolis concept, Kuala Namu could grow along the lines of Amsterdam Schipol and Seoul Incheon International airports, where there are entertainment sites, commercial and industrial areas, says John D Kasarda, professor at University of North Carolina, who is also the author of several publications related to the topic of aerotropolis.