Monday, March 5, 2012

Jakarta Airport Should Have 'Five-Star' Amenities, Minister Says

State Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan called on Soekarno-Hatta International Airport management to beautify the aging terminus, starting with the new international terminal, which is currently under construction.

“By the end of the year, the Soekarno-Hatta Airport arrivals terminal must look like a five-star hotel. So when foreign passengers arrive at Cengkareng [the airport’s location, in western Jakarta], they won’t think of it as being very ugly,” he said in Jakarta over the weekend.

Soekarno-Hatta is expected to become a world-class airport by 2015 under a major development program that aims to improve the airport's facilities. Passengers currently have a long list of complaints about the international airport, running the gamut from dirty toilets to aggressive unlicensed cab drivers.

The State Enterprises Minister wants the airport — which is the main entry point for foreign visitors — to be more welcoming.

The airport's newest terminal, terminal III, is currently undergoing further development. The terminal can currently handle some four million passengers, and Dahlan expects capacity to surge to 25 million passengers once work is completed.

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