Indonesia is the largest island country with thousands of cultures living together. It is an archipelago consisting of seventeen thousand islands. Airlines are a boon to this massive network of islands. It enables them to interconnect remote islands and reduce the inter-island time.
Here are 12 of the top airports in Indonesia:
1. Soekarno Hatta International Airport
Situated in Benda Tangerang, it is the most important airport in Indonesia. Started out in 1985 while handling only domestic traffic, it is now regarded as the busiest airport in Southeast Asia by the Airports International Council. There are two active runways with the third one in construction to facilitate the landings of the Boeing and Airbus. Interestingly, local architectural styles are beautifully embedded throughout the airport. Multiple lounges, hotels and a golf course are waiting to enhance your travel experience.
Airlines in Service: AirAsia, AirChina, All Nippon Airways, Asiana Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Cebu Pacific, China Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad Airways, EVA Air, Flynas, Japan Airlines, Jet Asia Airways, Jetstar Asia Airways, KLM, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Malindo Air, Oman Air, Philippine Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Royal Brunei Airlines, Saudia, Scoot, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, SriLankan Airlines, Sriwijaya Air, Thai AirAsia, Thai Airways, Thai Lion Air, Trigana Air Service, Turkish Airlines, Uzbekistan Airways, Vietnam Airlines, XiamenAir, Batik Air, Citilink, Garuda Indonesia, Indonesia AirAsia, Lion Air, NAM Air Serves: Greater Jakarta Airport Codes: IATA - CGK, ICAO – WIII
2. Juanda International Airport
Commenced in 1964 as an airbase for the Indonesian Air Force, it has evolved to be among the busiest airports in Indonesia. In spite of being such a busy air space, according to Airport Council International, it offers one of the best services in the world. It got the status of an International airport in 1990. Two passenger terminals are present in this airport. The first one is a three-story terminal with multiple aerobridges to manage millions of passengers annually. The second terminal has plenty of check-in counters, modern baggage system and 6 gates for domestic traffic. To serve the growing number of passengers every year, the government has initiated plans to add two additional runways, terminal 3 and an airport city.
Airlines in Service: Airlines Airfast, Indonesia Batik Air, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, Citilink, Flynas, Garuda Indonesia, Indonesia AirAsia, Jetstar, Asia Airways, Lion Air, Malaysia Airlines, NAM Air, Royal Brunei Airlines, Saudia, Scoot, SilkAir, Singapore Airlines, Sriwijaya Air, Trigana Air Service. Serves: Greater Surabaya Airport Codes: IATA - SUB, ICAO - WARR
3. Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport
This massive airport in Indonesia can handle the largest of commercial flights like Boeing 747s and Airbus’s A380s. The international terminal has dozens of check-in counters, luggage conveyor belts, a gigantic lounge accommodating thousands of passengers. There is a new terminal spanning over an area of over 65000 square meters. Along with usual facilities like check-in counters and conveyor belts, there are smoking areas, prayer rooms, massage services, lounge areas, and cinema halls. It also has free high-speed Wi-Fi on offer.
Airlines in Service: Air New Zealand, AirAsia, AirAsia X, Batik Air, Cathay Dragon, Cathay Pacific, Cebu Pacific, China Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Citilink, Emirates, EVA Air, Garuda Indonesia, Hong Kong Airlines, Indonesia AirAsia, Jetstar Airways, Jetstar Asia Airways, KLM, Korean Air, Lion Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Mahan Air, Malaysia Airlines, Malindo Air, NAM Air, Philippine Airlines, Philippines AirAsia, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Rossiya Airlines, Royal Brunei Airlines, Royal Flight, Scoot, Shanghai Airlines, SilkAir, Singapore Airlines, Sriwijaya Air, Thai AirAsia, Thai Airways, Thai Lion Air, TransNusa, Turkish Airlines, Vietjet Air, Virgin, Australia Wings Air, XiamenAir Serves: Denpasar Airport Codes: IATA - DPS, ICAO - WADD
4. Banyuwangi International Airport
Previously known as Blimbingsari airport, it facilitates Banyuwangi City situated in the Java island. Commenced back in 2010, it is the first Green airport in Indonesia. The runway length was originally 1400m which has undergone dual upgrades to become 2500m in length. This was done to handle medium-sized flights. There are also multiple taxiways. It has a tribe's house theme which mostly relies on natural air for cooling. This airport administers two million passengers annually.
Airlines in Service: Batik Air, Citilink, Garuda Indonesia, Nam Air, Wings Air Serves: Banyuwangi Regency, East Java, Java Island, Indonesia Airport Codes: IATA - BWX, ICAO - WADY
5. Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman International Airport
This airport mainly facilitates the needs of Balikpapan with its adjoining regions of East Kalimantan. It might not be the most lavish of airports in Indonesia around but it has the best services. Features wise it includes 75 check-in counters, multiple baggage counters, parking lot and a water recycling plant. It is administered by PT Angkasa Pura 1 and manages 10 million passengers annually. It has an 8200 feet runway with multiple taxiways and fuel depots.
Airlines in Service: Batik Air, Citilink, Garuda Indonesia, Lion Air, NAM Air Pelita Air, SilkAir, Sriwijaya Air, Wings Air, XpressAir Serves: Balikpapan Airport Codes: IATA - BPN, ICAO - WALL
6. Kualanamu International Airport
The third largest airport in Indonesia serves the city of Medan. It is built on a palm oil plantation area. It is a gateway to Sumatra and the western region of the Indonesian archipelago. It features a 3750m runway with parallel taxiways to handle the biggest of aircraft. This is the first airport in Indonesia to feature an automatic baggage system. There are multiple ways to transit from the airport. The cheapest one is train service offered by PT Rail Link which is a combined effort of Indonesian Railway and PT Angkasa Pura 2. There are also bus services including one from DAMRI – a state-owned bus service.
Airlines in Service: AirAsia, Batik Air, Cathay Dragon, Citilink, Flynas, Garuda Indonesia, Indonesia AirAsia, Jetstar, Asia Airways, Lion Air, Malaysia Airlines, Saudia, SilkAir, Sriwijaya Air, Susi Air, Wings Air, Batik Air, Citilink, Garuda Indonesia, Lion Air, NAM Air, Pelita Air, SilkAir, Sriwijaya Air, Wings Air, XpressAir Serves: Medan Airport Codes: IATA - KNO, ICAO - WIMM
7. Sultan Hasanuddin Airport
The shape of this airport resembles a traditional Indonesian ship called Pinisi. The ceilings soar high with pattern lines like Mandar fabric. This airport in Indonesia is situated in Makassar and managed by PT Angkusa 1. Commenced in 1935 this airport was called as Kadeing Flying Field by Netherland's government. As a new terminal added to the airport, the old one was used by the Indonesian Air Force. The new terminal was the first airport following the modern contemporary design language with multiple check-in counters, baggage belts and jet bridges. Approximately 7 million people go through this terminal annually.
Airlines in Service: AirAsia, Airfast, Indonesia, Aviastar, Batik Air, Citilink, Flynas, Garuda Indonesia, Gatari Air Service, Indonesia Air Transport, Lion Air, Saudia, SilkAir, Sriwijaya Air, Susi Air, Wings Air Serves: Makassar Airport Codes: IATA - UPG, ICAO - WAAA
8. Ahmad Yani Airport
This airport in Indonesia is located in Semarang, Java island. It served for the Indonesian Air Force until the late 60s and got its name from General Ahmad Yani. The highlight of this airport is that it has the first floating terminal in Indonesia. It is built on a marshland with glass as the primary element. Glass ensures natural lighting to shine in. Solar panels come into action as the sun goes down. The architects have implemented a reverse osmosis feature to purify seawater for drinking and other purposes. The old terminal has multiple food counters, souvenir shops, taxi and rental services.
Airlines in Service: AirAsia, Batik Air, Citilink, Garuda Indonesia, Indonesia AirAsia, Lion Air, Nam Air, SilkAir, Sriwijaya Air, TransNusa, Trigana Air Service, Wings Air Serves: Semarang Airport Codes: IATA - SRG, ICAO - WAHS
9. Husein Sastranegara International Airport
This airport was made by the Dutch dwellers during the colonial period of Indonesia. It has taken its name from an Indonesian aviation expert Husein Sastranegara. Residing in Bandung, the airport is surrounded by mountain ranges which make this airport dangerous and thrilling at the same time. It is a modern airport with premium lounges, Wi-Fi connectivity, restaurants, tea stalls and prayer rooms. This is one of the few airports in Indonesia to feature specific arrangements for landing operations at night. Plans have been made by PT Angkasa Pura 2 to upgrade the runways for landing mid-sized commercial aircraft.
Airlines in Service: AirAsia, Citilink, Garuda Indonesia, Indonesia AirAsia, Lion Air, Malindo Air, NAM Air, SilkAir, Wings Air, XpressAir Serves: West Java (excluding the Jabodetabek area) Airport Codes: IATA - BDO, ICAO - WICC
10. Sultan Muhammad Kaharuddin III Airport
This airport in Indonesia is located in Sumbawa Besar. It remains busy while serving flights mainly from Bali and Lombok. It has been upgraded to adapt the modern contemporary design to provide more comfort to the passengers and tourists. There are multiple upgradations in the runways as well as taxiways to efficiently handle the growing number of tourists.
Airlines in Service: Garuda Indonesia, Wings Air. Serves: Sumbawa Besar Airport Codes: IATA - SWQ, ICAO - WADS
11. Kalimarau International Airport
Publicly open since 2012, this airport in Indonesia is for Tanjung Redeb in North Kalimantan. It earned the title of ‘The Cleanest and most orderly’ airport by the Government of Indonesia. The airport boasts some of the most exquisite features like premium blue couches, free Wi-Fi connection, and charging points for your phone or laptop. It also has an elevator for physically challenged people. There is also a dedicated area for kids’ entertainment. It has a runway of approximately 2 km capable of handling mid-sized aircraft. There is an adequate number of international flights connecting major cities of the world.
Airlines in Service: Xpress Air, Garuda Indonesia, Nam Air, Sriwijaya Air, Wings Air, XpressAir, Susi Air Serves: Tanjung Redeb, Berau, North Kalimantan, Indonesia. Airport Codes: IATA - BEJ, ICAO - WAQT
12. Kertajati International Airport
This airport in Indonesia is also known as Majalangka Airport. It has been equipped with the most modern types of equipment to handle most modern aircraft like the Boeing 787-10. Apart from the bigger planes, many low-cost carriers and Hajj flights have also started to take off from this airport. There is a massive construction plan going on which will add shops and boutiques, cinema hall, and food courts upon its completion. With the growing number of tourists for the serene landscapes of West and Central Java, this airport balances the load of Husein Sastranegara International Airport.
Airlines in Service: Citilink, Lion Air, TransNusa, Wings Air Serves: Bandung, Cirebon and West Java province excluding Greater Jakarta area Airport Codes: IATA - KJT ICAO - WICA
These airports ensure interconnectivity of the Indonesian archipelago and the outer world. These premium airports in Indonesia will definitely add to your travel experience. Also, don’t forget to get the birds’ eye view of these islands and the blue ocean. Their magnificence is enough to spellbind you.