Jakarta. State-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura II plans to build a new airport in Tangerang, Banten, to accommodate increasing passenger numbers.
The new facility, dubbed Soekarno-Hatta International Airport II, will be built in one of three potential locations north of the existing airport.
Transportation Minister Budi Karya Soemadi said the Rp 100 trillion ($6.8 billion) project will commence in 2020 and the airport will specifically cater to international flights.
"We are now entering the feasibility study stage and will soon secure a legal permit. There are three identified locations in the Soekarno-Hatta Airport complex that we are currently still studying and analyzing," Angkasa Pura II chief executive Muhammad Awaluddin said on Saturday (11/08).
Awaluddin said the existing airport will not be able to accommodate growing passenger numbers.
He said Soekarno-Hatta Airport currently serves 63 million passengers per year and that this number is projected to rise to 67 million by the end of the year and 100 million within the next five years.
Awaluddin said the ideal distance between the estimated 2,000-hectare new airport and the existing Soekarno-Hatta Airport should be between 15 kilometers and 20 kilometers to make it easily accessible by light rail transit or automated people movers.
Aside from that, Angkasa Pura II is also examining the environmental impact analysis as it will have to carry out land reclamation in one of the three potential locations.
Yado Yarismano, Angkasa Pura II vice president for corporate communications, said the International Airport Council has ranked Soekarno-Hatta as the world's 17th-busiest airport.
There were 229,120 air traffic movements at the airport in the first six months of this year, which was 28.9 percent more than the corresponding period last year.