Jakarta. Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi recently announced that Soekarno-Hatta International Airport's Terminal 3 will finally serve international flights as early as April 15.
The minister called on state-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura II to accelerate completion of operational requirements for the new terminal.
"We plan [to open the international portion of the terminal] around April 15, as we require 15 days after the inspection process is complete," Budi said at an inspection visit of the new terminal in Tangerang, Banten, on Tuesday (28/03).
Angkasa Pura II and Indonesian flagship carrier Garuda Indonesia, which plans to operate some of its international routes from the new terminal in April, are in the process of wrapping up preparations for the international wing of the terminal.
Several other parties are also involved, including immigration, customs and quarantine officials, who will create new counters serving international passengers at the terminal.
"There are lots of things to prepare. We will do a simulation of several activities, including check-in and boarding processes, as well as [the handling of] passengers' baggage," Budi said.
The minister has expressed hope that Garuda Indonesia will be able to transfer all of its international routes to the new terminal sometime in early May. Currently, the terminal serves domestic Garuda flights.
"By May 1, all international routes for Garuda Indonesia should be moved to Terminal 3," he said.
He also confirmed that physical construction of the new terminal is 90 percent complete.
Terminal 3 was Budi's last major project during his tenure as head of Angkasa Pura II before being appointed as Minister of Transportation late last year.
Agus Santoso, director general of air transportation at the ministry, said that other technical preparations for aircraft operating out of the new terminal will soon be finalized.
"Parking and refueling stand adjustments are almost complete. We've had to construct new facilities for aircraft operating out of the terminal as they are generally wide-body planes, including the Boeing 777, the Airbus 330 and the Boeing 747," Agus said.
Agus estimates that Terminal 3 will serve all international flights from Soekarno-Hatta Airport by August. Airlines currently operate international flights from Terminal 2.
The central government plans to showcase Terminal 3 to the international community as an example of country's recent efforts to modernize its transportation infrastructure. By July, the terminal is expected to carry nearly 33,000 passengers per day — or a fifth of Soekarno-Hatta Airport's daily traffic — to Manggarai Station in South Jakarta via sky train.
The train station at Soekarno-Hatta Airport will also offer a sky train service, which will connect Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 by June.