"The transportation minister will see for himself the movement of planes during takeoff and landing at the runway 3 and east cross taxiway at Soekarno-Hatta Airport to ensure that the facility functions well," Chief of Communication and Public Information Bureau of the Transportation Ministry Hengki Angkasawan,said here on Sunday.
The runway 3 which was inaugurated by President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) on Thursday (Jan 23) has been operational since late 2019.
It is believed that the runway which is 3,000 meters long and 60 meters wide will help smooth movement of planes during takeoff and landing.
The runway 3 is important to cater to the growing number of planes and passengers at the airport.
"Based on a report from state airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II, since the runway 3 and east cross taxiway began operating late last year, the number of planes using the runway during the Christmas and New Year holidays rose to 100 per hour from 80 per hour," he said.
During the inauguration of four facilities at the airport by President Jokowi some time ago, the minister said the presence of several facilities including runway 3 and east connection taxiway has benefited airline companies including national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia.
On the safety side, the presence of the runway 3 will improve flight safety as the runway for takeoff is separated from the runway for landing.
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