But congestion remains a concern at Indonesian hub
Commercial flights have begun taking off from Halim Perdanakusuma Airport on the eastern side of Jakarta. More flights are scheduled to be transferred there in the near future.
Halim can serve 10 flights per hour or 126 per day, transport officials said. No new routes are being offered, only existing flights from heavily congested Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.
Citilink Indonesia, Garuda Indonesia Group’s budget subsidiary, has moved operations for four domestic routes (Jogjakarta, Semarang, Malang and Palembang) to Halim airport.
Garuda itself will move an initial five routes there by the end of February, while Indonesia AirAsia will move three services. Lion Air Group is also looking to base some services at Halim.
However, congestion remains a concern given that there is only one way to access the airport from the city. The approximate 30km distance between the two airports will also be a problem for travellers with connecting flights at the other airport due to Jakarta’s notorious gridlock.
[pictured: Check-in, Terminal 2, Soekarno-Hatta International Airport]