State airport management firm Angkasa Pura II will hold the groundbreaking ceremony for the Rp 11.7 trillion ($1.2 billion) expansion of Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport on Monday, Transportation Minister E.E. Mangindaan said.
Mangindaan said the groundbreaking ceremony will be attended by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
“The airport needs to be expanded and its capacity increased because of the rapid growth in passengers, currently already 52 million per year, while the airport’s [design] capacity is only for 26-27 million passengers per year,” Mangindaan said.
The minister said that the expansion work included extending the length of runways and increasing the size of the apron and passenger terminal. Terminal III will also get two runways.
The works are expected to be completed toward the end of 2013, he said.
Soekarno-Hatta recorded the fastest growth in passenger numbers among Southeast Asian airports. The airport has been ranked the world’s 12th busiest by passenger traffic by Airports Council International.
Angkasa Pura II corporate secretary Trisno Heryadi said the expansion was expected to raise the airport’s capacity to 62 million passengers per year.
He said the company will initially finance the expansion with its own cash, allotting Rp 1.4 trillion for capital expenditure this year.
Angkasa Pura II has previously said it plans to expand the capacity of nine airports across the country that have experienced rapid growth in passenger use. The focus will be on passenger terminals and supporting facilities such as aprons and runways, with a special effort to boost accessibility.
Airports to be improved include Sultan Syarif Kasim II in Pekanbaru, Supadio in Pontianak, Depati Amir in Pangkal Pinang, Sultan Thaha in Jambi, Raja Haji Fisabilillah in Tanjung Pinang, Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II in Palembang and Minangkabau in Padang.