The opening of Terminal 3 at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport has been delayed by at least two weeks due to safety concerns.
Originally slated to open its doors today, officials at Indonesia’s Transportation Ministry have since determined that the lack of back-up electricity, defective toilets, and an obstructed view from the air traffic control tower to the apron would prove too much of a operational risk.
A new opening date has yet to be finalised but state operator Angkasa Pura II believes that operations will be postponed until after Idul Fitri – the end of Ramadan month (July 6).
Expect a more efficient transiting experience when the new Terminal 3 opens its doors
Measuring 422,804 sqm, Terminal 3 will consist of ten gates for international flights and 18 for domestic. It will also offer duty-free shops, meeting rooms, restaurants and multi-storey carparks.
When opened, the departure process is expected to be shortened as the new facility will feature 206 check-in counters, as well as 38 self check-in and 12 bag drop counters. Inbound arrival passengers should also be able to receive their checked baggage faster given that Terminal 3 comes with an automated baggage handling system with 13 conveyor belts.
While Garuda will initially be the sole carrier to operate out of Terminal 3, Angkasa Pura II expects the facility to be fully operational by March 2017. Skyteam members Air France, China Airlines and KLM are poised to become the first international carriers to operate out of the new terminal.
For more information, visit soekarnohatta-airport.co.id