Jakarta’s Halim Airport Closing For Renovation For One Year Effective 1 January
Indonesia’s Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport will be closed for the whole of next year to undergo renovation works.
Indonesian Air Force chief of staff, Fadjar Prasetyo, says the airport’s runway, military facilities, apron and VIP building will undergo renovation from 1 January 2022 onwards, local media outlet Antara News quotes him as saying.
Prasetyo says the renovation is in accordance with president Joko Widodo’s orders, who feels that the long serving runway needs to be repaired due to the effects of land subsidence.
“A total renovation of the runway will extend the runway for use for at least another 20 years,” he says, adding that four squadrons based at Halim Airport will be temporarily relocated to Soekarno-Hatta International Airport and Husein Sastranegara Airport.
Media outlet Tempo.co reports that the whole renovation process is expected to last roughly one year.
Another news organization Nkriku.com quotes Halim Airport’s executive general manager, Marsma Nandang Sukarna, as saying some scheduled passenger and cargo operators as well as some charter operators will move to Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.
Commercial turboprop operators and general aviation operators will move to Pondok Cabe Airport and Budiarto Curug Airport, he adds.
Smart Aviation Asia Pacific reached out to president director of Premiair, Capt Tony Hadi, for comment. He says Premair, which is a business aviation charter operator, has yet to receive any information officially, so much of the situation and timeline is still unclear.
Smart Aviation Asia Pacific previously reported that the Indonesia National Air Carrier Association (INACA) anticipates that general aviation and charter operators, many of which use turboprop aircraft, may have to move to Jakarta’s Pondok Cabe and Curug airports following Halim Airport’s temporary closure for airport revitalization.
Picture , from dlca.logcluster.org , shows Halim and its convenient location with the Jakarta metropolitan area.