Jul 6, 2015, 08:19 AM
The growth of Indonesia air passengers in 2000 and 2003, in particular the growth of passenger in Soekarno-Hatta in average is above 17.5% per year. This statistic has illustrated and inspiring the Lion Air Founder Rusdi Kirana, to start formulating the company's strategic plan for the long term. The strategic plan is involving the adding new airplanes, Airports and Supporting Facilities such as the Training Center and Aircraft Maintenance Center.
As part of the company’s strategic plan, Lion Air has signed procurement of aircraft with Boeing, Airbus and ATR with a total of 742 aircraft. The training center has been built in an area of 35 ha, located in Bandara Mas, Cengkareng. Also Lion Group has built a building dedicated to Lion Training Center which has many classrooms and also mess for students and employee. Aircraft maintenance center has been built and operated in Batam over 28 hectare area.
The capacity of Soekarno-Hatta, had predicted would not be able to accommodate the passenger growth that occurred since 2004 by Lion Air Management. In 2004, Lion Air management decided to explore opportunities to utilize Halim Airport to increase the capacity of flights to and from Jakarta. After going through the process in accordance with the applicable rules and regulations, finally signed a cooperation agreement to use 21 hectare of Halim Airport between PT. Angkasa Transportindo Selaras (PT. ATS) as a subsidiary of Lion Group with INKOPAU.
"On this day, we have been working with contractor PT Adhi Karya (Persero) Tbk as the creator of the Design to submit development plans of Halim Airport that includes a modern passenger terminal and other facilities such as Taxi Way, Apron and garbarata. It will also aim to increase the capacity of the airport as well as creating the convenience of the passengers, "said the Lion Group Founder Rusdi Kirana.
Construction of the airport is expected to be completed within a period of 9 months and it will be used for domestic and international flights with a total number of passengers of 11 million passengers per year and for the constructions would cost approximately Rp. 5 Trillion. This service will be managed by PT. ATS, as stipulated in UU No. 1 of 2009 regarding aviation industry where an Indonesian private company is allowed to manage an airport.
"Together with the contractor we are currently studying and analyzing in terms of building other transportation modes such as monorail from downtown to Halim to support the operation of this airport," he said.