Jakarta’s second airport, Halim Perdanakusuma, has reopened today to limited capacity amid ongoing renovations.
Starting today, military and VIP aircrafts can use the airport.
“Technically, Halim Airport’s runway can be used on a limited basis for military training and VIP flights starting tomorrow [July 13, 2022],” Transport Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said during the runway test at the airport yesterday.
According to Budi, officials will be on the lookout for damages and inefficiencies in the runway during its limited use period, and make repairs where necessary. Other than the runway, a terminal for VVIP guests will also be renovated.
Halim Perdanakusuma Airport has been closed since January for the renovation project, aiming to improve its flight safety, security, and comfort. Before the temporary closure, Halim served domestic flights operated by 21 airlines.
Officials say the renovation progress has reached 72.6 percent completion, with works on the airside including the runway and taxiway to be completed by the end of this month. Renovations on the landside, including the terminal building, will be completed by the end of August.
Budi said that commercial operations will be relaunched concurrently with the completion of the terminal building’s renovation in September.