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Indonesia's Soekarno-Hatta airport increasing flight frequency

Publication Date : 26-06-2014


Indonesia's main gateway, Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, will be increasing the frequency of flights from 64 to 72 per hour, starting June 26, in a bid to reduce congestion at the airport.

State-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura (AP) II, which manages airports in the western half of the country, is collaborating with the newly established state-owned Indonesian Flight Navigation Service (AirNav Indonesia) to increase the flight frequency to meet growing air travel demand.

AP II president director Tri Sunoko said the move was expected to lessen the number of delayed flights at the country’s busiest airport.

“With the increase in frequency to 72 flights per hour, we hope the number of delayed departures and arrivals will be reduced so we can improve our level of service to customers,” Tri said in a written statement made available to The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.

According to the statement, the additional flights will be offered for three different flight slots: after midnight (between 12am and 1.30am), from 2am to 10.30am and from 11.30am to midnight.

The number of flights between 1.30am and 2am will be limited to 54 per hour. Between 10.30am and 4pm., the airport will cater to only 64 flights per hour due to a risk of limited visibility in the afternoon.

Tri said that AP II had improved traffic signs in 19 spots to help smooth the increased flight frequency.

According to AirNav Indonesia, the increase in runway capacity was achieved by optimising runway occupancy time both during takeoffs and landings. The maximum occupancy time during takeoff has been reduced to 90 seconds from the previous 110 seconds, while the occupancy time during landings has also been reduced from 65 to 50 seconds.

Soekarno-Hatta serves around 1,200 flights daily, placing it among the 10 busiest airports worldwide, according to International Airport Council data in 2013.


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