Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta voted ‘the world’s most improved airport’ in new Skytrax survey

Inside Soekarno-Hatta Terminal 3. Photo: Instagram / vaniarahmaginting
Inside Soekarno-Hatta Terminal 3. Photo: Instagram / vaniarahmaginting

Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport is obviously not the best airport in the world (that honor usually falls to Singapore’s Changi), but it has undoubtedly made a lot of progress in terms of improving its facilities lately.

This hasn’t gone unnoticed by the international community. At the 2017 Skytrax World Airport Awards ceremony held in Amsterdam yesterday, Soekarno-Hatta was named ‘The World’s Most Improved Airport’ after it ranked 44th in the overall best airport ranking – an impressive jump of 19 places compared to last year.

“We jumped 19 places, our best achievement to date. We actually only set top 50 in the world as our target. Thank you for all the support from the Indonesian citizens,” said Muhammad Awaluddin, President Director of Indonesian airport management company Angkasa Pura II, as quoted by Detik today.

The 2017 Skytrax World Airport Awards are based on 13.82 million airport survey questionnaires completed by 105 nationalities of airline passengers. While the award’s official website does not list the reasons why Soekarno-Hatta was named the most improved airport, we’d guess that it has a lot to do with the opening of the new state-of-the-art Terminal 3 last year (even though the terminal is currently only open to domestic flights and has had some maintenance issues).

Could Soekarno-Hatta do even better in future editions of the Skytrax World Airport Awards? There’s certainly reason to be optimistic as more improvements are made to the airport, such as the planned renovations on Terminals 1 and 2, as well as the railway connection to the city, which is expected to be operational this year.

Check out the full list of winners at the 2017 Skytrax World Airport Awards here.

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