Indonesian Government is considering the construction of a new airport near Jakarta to accommodate forecasted passenger growth in the country (Reuters, 07-Jan-2011). The government is also looking at boosting the capacity of the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, currently serving approximately 35 million passengers p/a. Director general for air transport at the transport ministry, Herry Bakti, stated passenger growth each year is approximately 15-20%. Mr Bakti said "we plan for multiple airports in the Jakarta metropolitan area," adding a study on the issue will be completed by the end of 2011. The government asked the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to conduct a visibility study exploring the main airport's expansion and to develop new facilities. Indonesia and Japan signed a deal in Dec-2010 in which Japan will fund transport infrastructure projects worth USD24 billion around Jakarta, while other Asian nations and private equity firms are eyeing infrastructure.
Government studies new airport for Jakarta
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