Mimi Hudoyo, Jakarta (2008-02-04)

THE toll road access to Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta International airport reopened at 05.00 this morning following a three-day closure due to flooding along a two-kilometre stretch of the toll road. The toll road is the main access road from Jakarta city to the air..." />
 
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Update on Jakarta airport and toll road flood
 
Mimi Hudoyo, Jakarta (2008-02-04)

THE toll road access to Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta International airport reopened at 05.00 this morning following a three-day closure due to flooding along a two-kilometre stretch of the toll road. The toll road is the main access road from Jakarta city to the airport.

The airport was also closed for five hours last Friday due to flooding on the runway. Some flights failed to land because of the bad weather.

Perum Angkasa Pura II managing director, Mr Eddy Haryoto, said: "Soekarno-Hatta International Airport is back to normal again. (By noon) some 25 per cent of airline departures and arrivals were on time." Garuda Indonesia vice-president corporate communications, Mr Pujobroto, said: "We had to divert 21 flights to other airports on Friday and many others were delayed. However, we managed to resolve the problems by Saturday evening and Sunday morning and all our flights are back to normal now."

A full resumption of regular services is expected by tonight.

Soekarno-Hatta International Airport serves about 800 flights a day. The problem has caused airlines a loss of between 50 million rupiah (US$5,400) and 40 billion rupiah a day and impacted on other airports such as Bali, Medan, Solo and Jogjakarta causing delays between two and six hours since Friday.

In the meantime, the airport authority has opened the air force's Halim Perdanakusumah Airport, which is mainly for chartered and VIP flights, for commercial use. However, only Merpati Nusantara Airlines moved some of its flights today. "Moving an airline operation is not an easy thing to do. Besides rescheduling the flights, there are ground handling and refuelling issues," one airline spokesman said. Informing passengers of the change would be another problem as Soekarno-Hatta and Halim Perdanakusumah airports are located at different ends of the city.

 
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