Soekarno-Hatta Internationa Airport
Soekarno-Hatta International Airport is the largest airport in Southeast Asia and I feel that it is vital to write about this airport. Coincidentally, I went to Jakarta last 2 weeks through this airport and I got the chance to explore the main gateway to Indonesia.
Soekarno-Hatta International Airport is the main airport that is located at Benda, Tangerang. The IATA airport code is CGK taken from the district of Cengkareng and the abbreviation among local is SHIA and Soetta.
The airport was named after first President and Vice-President of Indonesia, Soekarno and Mohammad Hatta. It is operated by PT Angkasa Pura II and consists of 3 terminal which is Terminal 1, 2 and 3.
Soetta holds several records such as:
- The largest airport in Southeast Asia
- The busiest airport in Southeast Asia
- 7th most connected airport in the world
- 2nd most connected Low-Cost Megahub airport in the world
Terminal 1 and 2
Terminal 1 and 2 was designed by Paul Andreu, a French Architect which use the local architecture element and beautiful garden as the elements of the design. It uses many elements of arts, customs and culture of ethnicity in Indonesia and it is very profound in every element. The gardens at the nook and cranny of the terminal give serene element to the terminals.
Terminal 1 is located at the south area of the airport and it was officially operated in 1985. Terminal 1 has 3 sub-terminals which is Terminal 1A, 1B and 1C. Domestic flights operated at Terminal 1 except for Garuda Indonesia, Sriwijaya Air, NAM Air and Indonesia AirAsia.
Terminal 1A is for all Lion Air domestic flights except to Sumatera and Bali as the flight to Sumatera and Bali is operating at Terminal 1B. Terminal 1C is for the domestic flight of Citilink.
Terminal 2 is located at the north part of the airport and has 3 sub-terminals as well which is Terminal 2D, 2E and 2F.
The Ground Level is for Arrivals level and the first level is for departure. The operation of Terminal 2 consist of domestic and international flight as Terminal 2D hosts some domestic flights, 2E hosts Lion Air, Batik Air and Air Asia flights and 2F hosts of NAM Air, Sriwijaya Air and Indonesia Air Asia domestic flights.
If your arrival to Soetta is at late night and wanted to get proper sleep, you may opt for Jakarta Airport Hotel at Terminal 2E. There are 82 nos of guest rooms and you may enjoy transit package up to 6 hours.
Terminal 3 is a new terminal that was open for operation in 2016. The terminal is so big as it spans about 1.2 kilometers and the apron is able to serve 40 aircraft. The design is a stark contrast with Terminal 1 and 2 which is totally modern and contemporary. Terminal 3 is operating for domestic and international flights.
In my opinion, if you reach the airport at other Terminal 1 and 2 at late night and feel that wanted to sleep at the airport, you may go to Terminal 3 for a comfortable sleep. The waiting area of Terminal 3 is very comfortable and you might end up oversleeping. Haha
There is a hotel at Terminal 3 which provide an alternative for the passenger to sleep for transit up to 6 hours and for 1-night stay. It is Digital Airport Hotel which offers 120 modern futuristic capsules that are well equipped with many facilities. It is located at Domestic Area of First Floor.
Mode of Transportation
There are many ways to move around between terminals and also from the airport to the city center of Jakarta. I will further share in the next entry named Kalayang. Please read ya.
Apart from the Jakarta Airport Hotel at Terminal 2, you may opt for other hotels such as Bandara International Hotel, Ibis Style, Ibis Budget, Pop Hotel, Orchard Hotel and Amaris.
By large, it was a good sleeping over at the airport and I feel that this airport has a unique characteristic that you must experience yourself. Terminal 2 actually is under renovation and Terminal 4 is under construction and I am sure after the expansion work completed, it would give a new good experience to the passenger. Kudos!