Airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II (Persero) is to create a new shopping arcade in the expanded Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International airport in Indonesia, which is due for completion in 2014. The expansion will also feature a check-in lounge, automated border passage, centralised immigration and improved baggage handling services as well as self-service check-in kiosks.
The state-owned enterprise, which is predicting a 4.1%–5.7% increase in passenger numbers at the airport in the next 10–20 years, said Soekarno-Hatta is handling twice the amount of passengers it was built for and cited the high volume of arriving and departing passengers and long queues at security and check-in as the main reasons for expansion.
A spokesperson for the airport operator told DFNIonline: “The shopping arcade will be on a par with other international airports around the world with choices of international fashion brands including our own Indonesian fashion houses.
“The offer and look of our duty-free and non-duty-free shops need to be improved to make the airport a more exciting place to shop before flying.”
A children’s playground will be among several new concepts introduced, indicated the spokesperson. “Toy and confectionery shops are also expected to play an important role in making the area for children and enjoyable place to be.”
The airport operator is confident the new shopping arcade and other retail-related concepts will attract retailers from around the world. “With the grand [environmentally friendly] design and new shopping arcade, we urge retailers from around the world to join us in offering value added services for passengers at Soekarno-Hatta International airport,” the spokesperson concluded.(Dfnionline)