Airports in Indonesia

Ngurah Rai

Formerly Denpasar International Airport, Ngurah Rai Airport (DPS) is between Kuta and Jimbaran, 9 miles (13km) south of Denpasar, the capital and largest city in exotic Bali, Indonesia. It was renamed after Indonesian national hero I Gusta Ngurah Rai, who was killed in the Indonesian Revolution against Dutch rule in 1946.

Bali is a popular vacation spot and it is possible to get a flight there via most major airports. Flights to Ngurah Rai Airport arrive from hubs across the Pacific region and Australia such as Hong Kong, Bangkok, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Singapore, Jakarta, Taipei, Tokyo, Phuket and Seoul, as well as airports further afield like Amsterdam and Moscow.

Although the terminals have a combined capacity of 8 million passengers per year, the airport saw more than 11 million passengers in 2010. It is the third-busiest airport in Indonesia and is often over-crowded and chaotic. Extensive expansion is scheduled to be completed by 2013, so be prepared to deal with some delays and inconvenience over the next couple of years. If arriving at peak times, especially in tourist season, be sure to bring a healthy dose of patience.

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Soekarno-Hatta International

Named after the first president, as well as the first vice president of Indonesia, Soekarno–Hatta International Airport (CGK) is one of Indonesia’s main aerial hubs. It is located on the large and densely populated island of Java, approximately 12.5 miles (20 km) west of Jakarta in the city of Tangerang.

Often referred to by locals as Cengkareng, a title originating from the name of a district to the north-west of the city, SHIA is recognised as being the second most punctual airport in the world. That’s a welcome trait as in 2010 it served just under 44 million passengers, making it the 16 busiest airport in the world.

SHIA consists of three terminal buildings. Terminals 1 and 3 handle domestic flights, while Terminal 2 tends to international flights and Garuda Airlines’ domestic flights. Terminals 1 and 2 have a selection of shops, restaurants and cafés, and parking lots are situated conveniently close to all three terminals. Current plans include the building of a fourth terminal building as well as complete refurbishment of the entire airport.

Overall, Soekarno–Hatta International Airport is efficient and well organised. Of course, like all major international airports, it can get chaotic during peak seasons. However, with new upgrades being made all the time, the airport is constantly undergoing development in order to successfully keep up with the ever-increasing number of tourists visiting it each year.

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