Philippine Airlines is the latest carrier to shift its operations at Jakarta’s Soekarno Hatta International Airport with the airline’s arriving and departing flights scheduled to operate out of the airport’s newest terminal building, Terminal 3, starting March 5.
The Philippines’ national carrier is currently in the process of migrating its operations to the new terminal, according to a statement released by the airline, and passengers travelling to and from Jakarta on flights operated by Philippine Airlines are being reminded to check their tickets for terminal assignments during the transition phase.
Philippine Airlines currently operates seven weekly flights between Manila and Jakarta, though this is due to increase to 10 per week from March 31 this year.
This, notably, will give travellers the option of a Monday and Wednesday flight on the route along with a second Saturday flight. Philippine Airlines currently flies once per day on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and twice per day on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The past 18 months have seen other airlines relocate to Terminal 3 at Jakarta, notably Vietnam Airlines and KLM – both members of the Skyteam airline alliance – in a move designed to ease connecting onto flights operated by home carrier Garuda Indonesia, also a Skyteam member.
The relocation of the two Skyteam carriers has also given premium passengers as well as top-tier Skyteam frequent-flyer members travelling with Vietnam Airlines and KLM access to the Garuda Executive Lounge at the terminal. Vietnam Airlines also has its own dedicated business class lounge at Jakarta’s Terminal 3, located on the mezzanine between the second and third floors.
Unfortunately, passengers flying with Philippine Airlines won’t be able to make use of these facilities seeing as the carrier is not a member of any airline alliance.
Philippine Airlines currently makes use of the Premier Lounge at Terminal 2, though it is unclear which lounge premium travellers will be granted access to in Terminal 3. Along with the Garuda Indonesia lounge, Jakarta Airport’s Terminal 3 also features a Saphire Lounge/Plaza Premium Lounge as well as a Saphire Lounge Blue Sky facility.
Business Traveller Asia-Pacific has reached out to Philippine Airlines for confirmation.