Runway upgrading at Jakarta airport affects all airlines

A report that ran in The Straits Times ("Runway upgrading at Jakarta Airport to finish 2018"; Nov 23), gave the impression that the maintenance works only affected a certain carrier.

The renovation of the runways is part of the airport authority's efforts to improve its services and is aimed at enabling Soekarno-Hatta International airport's North runway to allow wide-body aircraft, such as the Boeing B-777, to bear their maximum load.

The maintenance works are also required to enhance safety and capacity in order to accommodate Indonesia's growing air services market.

Once the maintenance work is completed, the parallel North and South runways would maximise Soekarno-Hatta International Airport's operational capacity as one of the busiest airports in the world, thus enabling it to keep up with consumer demand and satisfaction.

The construction is expected to be completed within 15 months, after which the operational capacity of the airport is expected to increase significantly.

Given that the maintenance is conducted daily during a certain time window, several carriers - among others Singapore Airlines (SIA) - will be affected. SIA is not the only airline. Other domestic and international carriers directly affected by the works include: Indonesia's national airline, Garuda Indonesia (GA), as well as Emirates, Oman Air, Jetstar Asia Airways, Sriwijaya Airlines, Lion Mentari Airlines, MY Indo Airlines and Batik Air.

Based on information from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, Ministry of Transportation of the Republic of Indonesia, the construction of the runway affects the carriers in one of two ways: either their request for additional flights or the number of their existing flights.

These measures are imposed by the Ministry of Transportation of the Republic of Indonesia indifferently to the carriers.

It is best that we view this matter in perspective and hope that the explanation provided here would help prevent further speculation on this issue.

Adhyanti Sardanarini Wirajuda (Ms)

First Secretary (Political Affairs)

Embassy of Indonesia in Singapore

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 09, 2016, with the headline 'Runway upgrading at Jakarta airport affects all airlines'. Print Edition | Subscribe