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Soekarno-Hatta’s 3rd runway to be constructed in 2017

Indonesia: The overcrowded Soekarno-Hatta International Airport continues to expand its infrastructure to reduce congestion. State-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II is working on a third runway starting next year.

Angkasa Pura II president director Budi Karya Sumadi said it would take a year to finish the construction of the new runway. The company is currently working on land acquisition and hopes to finish it in the near future.

"It will be started in 2017 and will be finished in early 2018. We are well-aware that, honestly, take-off and the landings are fully crammed at the moment and this leads to long queues," he said as quoted by on the sidelines of the simulation of the new 3 Ultimate terminal in Banten on Sunday.

He said that currently, 72 airplanes moved per hour at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. To have smooth traffic, the airport must be able to host at least 100 airplanes per hour.

Therefore, the new runway has become a priority. "We must also upgrade the existing two runways, so that wide-body aircraft can land there, while building the third runway," he said.

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