Soekarno-Hatta International Airport

jakarta-airportNamed after the first president and vice president of Indonesia, Soekarno and Mohammad Hatta, the Jakarta International Airport is served by more than 40 airlines that connect to hundreds of cities worldwide. There are more than 300 daily flights that include direct flights to the following destinations:

Abu Dhabi; Adelaide; Amsterdam; Bangkok; Brisbane; Canberra; Colombo; Darwin; Dubai; Guangzhou; Hongkong; Jeddah; Kuala Lumpur; Macau; Melbourne ; Mumbai; New Delhi; Perth; Pu Dong; Penang; Riyadh; Seoul; Sydney; Singapore Taipei; Tokyo

Soekarno-Hatta is also the main national air hub that connects to all major cities in Indonesia. Whether you are in Jakarta for fun or work, you may need to know the lay of the land. So, below are a few of nuts and bolts about the airport.

  • Soekarno-Hatta is about 26 kilometers to the northwest of downtown Jakarta. The airport is often called Cengkareng by Indonesians as it is situated in the subdistrict of Cengkareng in the Province of Banten. (hence, the IATA code for the airport is CGK).
  • Designed by Paul Andreu, a French architect who also designed Charles de Gaulle International Airport in Paris, Soekarno-Hatta Airport is among the most beautifully designed airports in the world with its unique indonesian architecture and nice tropical landscapes. It was awarded the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 1995.
  • The airport was designed with expansion in mind. It has four terminals but only three are operational at the moment. Terminal 1 is for domestic while terminal 2 is mainly for international flights. Terminal 3 is currently reserved for hajj-pilgrimage, Indonesian overseas workers, and other special flights. Each terminal has three sub-terminals, 21 gates, 75 check-in counters and 15 baggage carousels. Approximately 34 million passengers flew through Soekarno-Hatta in 2008, making it among the busiest airports in Asia.
  • With 86.3% of its flights departing on time and 72.3% arriving ontime, the airport was awarded the 6th most punctual airport in the world by Forbes Traveller in June 2008.
  • There are a handfull of companies providing airport taxi service. Metered taxis– that come in different colors, car models and brands– are located in front of the arrival terminals. Taxi fares vary among operators, but regulated by the government with a price cap per kilometer. Travel agencies and hotels also offer a pick-up service from and to the airport.
  • Public bus transportation is provided by DAMRI, a government-run trasportation company. Buses depart from the airport to several destination points in Jakarta, Bekasi, and Bogor. It operates from 5:30 am to 11:00pm. The DAMRI buses take approximately 45-60 minutes to reach their destinations.
  • Garuda Indonesia accounts for the most flights at Soekarno- Hatta, responsible for roughly 20% of the passengers.
  • JCAT (Jakarta Air City Terminal) is located on the ground floor of Plaza Indonesia. JCAT offers downtown check-in facilities, transport to the airport and assistance with luggage, check- in and passport control.