TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Indonesian government is currently preparing the Soekarno–Hatta Airport into becoming an international hub airport able to compete with neighboring ASEAN countries; Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand.
The advantage of a hub is that it enables the airport to serve direct international flight routes without having to transit.
Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said that airliners bear an important role in helping the government develop Soekarno-Hatta airport as a hub, one of it is by making available direct international flights.
“We push for domestic airlines to make available international routes to further attract foreign tourists,” said Budi Karya in Surabaya, Sunday, May 12.
He announced that the government is accelerating the development of the international airport, especially the construction of the airport’s runway 3, which is complete will enable the Soekarno-Hatta airport to construct a new terminal that will highly be dubbed Terminal 4.
Another airport targeted by the government upon becoming an international hub in the future is the Ngurah Rai Airport in Bali.
FRANCISCA CHRISTY ROSANA