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There is no doubt that a bit of mystery, suspense and confusion has abounded online and abroad concerning the change and functionality of Jakarta’s second airport: Halim. Anyone who has been to Jakarta knows the sheer movements of people is massive. The main facility Soekarno-Hatta airport is slammed with flights, traffic and persons in every one of its terminals.
Questions and Confusion
Opening Halim Airport for the use of public airlines (it has been used for the military and charters up until this point) is seen as a release on the stress laden and overtaxed Hatta Airport. There has been a lot of information, misinformation, statements and retractions. For instance as of Mid January 2015, Citilink and Susi Air have been operating at Halim Airport, the well known Indonesian carrier Garouda was set to open flights, but now are waiting another month for the improvement of lounge and terminal facilities. Even a well regarded Travel Media Brand took to the internet to wish Garuda well on its new route to London from Halim and as of yet no such route exists or operates.
The current situation
As of now two passenger airlines are operating from Halim for sure: Citilink and Susi Air. These airlines are serving only domestic Indonesian destinations. Garuda is currently waiting permissions from the Transportation Ministry to move 10 of its flight schedules over to Halim, mostly the high frequency routes would be alleviated such as Surabaya-Jakarta routes. The updating of basic parking, check in and lounge facilities are also a condition Garuda has placed on their participation. Currently taxi and bus routes are in initial stages, passengers would best be served getting to this airport by taxi and allowing up to several hours arrival beforehand with the unpredictable Jakarta traffic.
As Halim eases into operations it hopes to attract traffic from several airlines and with expansions offer 66 domestic flights per day. Besides the already present airlines and the seemingly immanent flag carrier Garuda, Air Asia and Lion Air have shown signs of interest but as of yet no formal commitments are known. Besides the challenges of updating the facilities of this one runway airport, transportation between airports as well as from the city will be a challenge due to the nature of traffic and roadway delays. We invite you to check back to this page to view news and updates as they are forthcoming.