Indonesian airports are being stretched to their limits as demand continues to escalate. PT. Angkasa Pura I reveals its master plan to keep pace and meet expectations.
PT. Angkasa Pura I, an organisation responsible for 13 airports in the eastern region of Indonesia is thriving. Passenger numbers are up 13.6% and are expected to total 56 million by the end of 2012. Total revenues are up by an astonishing 20%, customer satisfaction is up and 6.4 trillion IDR worth of development is expected to be completed before the end of 2013.
But despite his company’s satisfactory progress, Tommy Soetomo is not happy. To understand his reaction, we must first understand why airports are so important to local and national economies, and why they’re particularly crucial to Indonesia’s continuing development.
Although we tend to associate airports with tourism, the truth is, airports are also a fundamental part of the infrastructure that supports trade and investment. The very presence of an airport in a city attracts businesses and residents, creates a surge in the local economy and provides greater business opportunities for the country. This is as true in Indonesia as anywhere else, but all the more so because of the urgent need to improve and expand existing infrastructure. Lack of capacity in land, sea and air infrastructure is hampering business development and, by extension, economic growth; Indonesian business and government are scrambling to improve all aspects of local, national and international transport.