Jakarta opens new Terminal
The new Terminal 3 at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta airport opened on 9th August 2016 and is expected to greatly relieve the overcrowded terminals 1 and 2, by catering initially to domestic flights by the National airline, Garuda. International Garuda flights are expected to operate from this terminal by the time it becomes fully operational in March 2017.
Designed to handle around 25 million passengers a year, the $380 million terminal will considerably relieve the pressure on the other terminals, which have had to cope with about 60 million passengers a year, way over capacity.
Flying in to Jakarta should now be easier with this new terminal in operation, but travellers will still have to travel the 30km or so into the city centre. Although there is a good highway (make sure you ask your taxi driver to take the toll road, it’s worth the extra you pay him) you will still spend a lot of the journey stuck in one of the infamous Jakarta traffic jams at most times of the day. Plans are in place to build a rail link into central Jakarta, but it will be some time before this becomes a reality.
If you want more information on the new terminal, the airport website has not yet been updated to reflect this at the time of writing, apart from the banner shown above. Hopefully they will respond to the comments in their Twitter account and do an update sooner rather than later.