Shortened to SHIA, Soekarno-Hatta is the main airport serving the area of Jakarta in Indonesia, for international flights. Still often referred to as Cengkareng Airport by the locals, the airport was named after Indonesia’s first president and vice-president. The airport opened in 1985 and replaced Kemayoran Airport and Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport.
The three-terminal airport has an annual capacity of up to 38 million passengers, but in 2010 handled more than 43 million passengers. That number climbed and the airport served about 62 million in May 2014, and is the world’s 8th busiest airport, and one of the busiest airports in the Southern Hemisphere. There are about 64 non-stop flights to Asia, Australia, Europe and United Arab Emirates, and over 40 airlines operating international and domestic flights at Soekarno-Hatta Airport.
Soekarno-Hatta Airport offers services for passengers and facilities including restaurants, information, business lounges, hotel reservation counter, ATMs, WIFI, currency exchange, retails stores, baggage, as well as services for the disabled and families. There's also a hotel in the airport's vicinity for those on transit and need a place to freshen up, and rest.
How to get around (within destination)
Soekarno-Hatta Airport is about 20 kilometres west of the city centre. The most cost-efficient way to the city is on the DAMRI shuttle bus, which departs every 30 minutes, and the journey to the city is about 30 minutes. For a more convenient way and door-to-door service, you can book a taxi at one of the counters in Arrivals.
You can choose to get around Jakarta by bus, taxi or car, though most would opt for car. For NZD 50 a day, you can hire a car with a driver, and NZD 40 without a driver. As roads in Jakarta can be confusing and congested, the latter is a less popular option. Buses are cheaper, at a fixed rate of NZD 2 on regular city buses, and NZD 3.50 on big air-con buses. Just note that crowded buses attract pick-pockets and bag slashers.
What to see & do
There are not many attractions near the Soekarno-Hatta Airport, but there are a few hotels within the 5 kilometres range if you’re on a long transit and need a place to freshen up and rest. They are between 2 stars to 4 stars hotels to suit every budget, and just to name a few: Sheraton Bandara, POP! Hotel Airport Jakarta, FM7 Resort Hotel Jakarta, J Hotel, and Anugrah Transit Hotel. One attraction that’s not too far away, and is worth the travel is the historic neighbourhood – Old Town. Explore the century- old streets lined with pre-colonial buildings turned into theatres and museums, or take a stroll by the river, and enjoy the less-crowded and touristy side of Jakarta.
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