Jakarta – Construction of the new Soekarno-Hatta International Airport II in Karawang, West Java, is expected to commence in 2028, according to the local administration.
Karawang Development Planning Board (Bappeda) head Eka Sanatha said the new airport would cover a 3,000-hectare plot of land in Ciampel and Pangkalan districts, making it larger than the original Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Cengkareng, Banten.
"It will be located somewhere between Ciampel and Pangkalan districts," Eka said on Wednesday as quoted by kompas.com.
He said the project was in line with Government Regulation No. 13/2017 on national spatial planning and Transportation Ministerial Decree No. 69/2013 to support the operations of the original Soekarno-Hatta, which received 63 million passengers in 2017 alone.
A new international airport is sorely needed as a sprawling capital city such as Jakarta ideally had twin airports, Eka said.
Preconstruction planning, including a detailed engineering design study, would kick off in 2027, with construction expected to begin in 2028, he said. "This is a long-term megaproject," Eka added.
News of such a project made headlines in 2017, when state-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II (AP II) announced that it planned to construct Soekarno-Hatta International Airport II to accommodate the increasing number of passengers and planes.
AP II president director Muhammad Awaluddin estimated that the number of passengers at the airport would reach 100 million annually by 2025, while the capacity of the existing airport was only 60 million. (rfa)