Jakarta. Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, ranks seventh in the world and second in Asia Pacific in the 2017 Megahubs International Index released by OAG, an air travel intelligence company based in the United Kingdom (UK).
In the global rank, the airport run by state-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura II is only one point away from Changi Airport in Singapore. Heathrow Airport in London tops the ranking, followed by Frankfurt Airport, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, O'Hare Airport in Chicago and Toronto Pearson International Airport.
The ranking is based on international seat capacity data between July 2016 and July 2017, availability of competent human resources and continuous increase in the management's efficiency and effectiveness regarding smart airport program.
"There are three operational stability factors that Soekarno-Hatta [Airport] needs to maintain: infrastructure on the air side, land side and terminals," Angkasa Pura II president director Muhammad Awaluddin said in a statement on Saturday (07/10).
There is also a possibility of increasing the seat capacity by adding new routes, especially international routes, and providing incentives for airlines, he added.
The airport is expected to accommodate more than 60 million passengers this year.