Tue, 31 Aug 2010

From: JakChat

By KuKuKaChu
From Viva

Air Asia Eyeing Halim Airport

VIVAnews - The Ministry of State-owned Enterprises (SOEs) acknowledged that Malaysia-based airline Air Asia states its interest to patch up an airport in Indonesia. One of the targets is Halim Perdanakusumah Airport.

"They want to manage an airport, and the name Halim is out," said SOEs State Minister Mustafa Abubakar in Jakarta, August 31.

According to Mustafa, Air Asia was willing to oversee an airport in Indonesia but it could not yet reveal the prepared allocated investment.

In addition to Halim Perdanakusumah Airport, Air Asia also viewed that the Terminal 3 of Soekarno-Hatta Airport will need better management, for there is no balance between the domestic and international terminals.

In addition to Air Asia, Mustafa said that a number of airport administrators are eyeing several airports in the country, including one managing Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands.

The minister said foreign investors are starting to put into consideration the development of various airports, especially Soekarno-Hatta, which is more visible and profitable.


Tue, 31 Aug 2010

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The government is planning to invite a number of foreign investors to manage service facilities at Jakarta city`s Soekarno-Hatta airport, a minister said.

"We will invite interested investors to serve as partners to manage the airport," State Enterprises Minister Mustafa Abubakar said here on Monday.

The plan to improve the management of the airport was related to the master strategy of state airport operator to improve airport services, he said.

Airports are one of the mirrors or shop windows of a country, he said.

The quality of Soekarno-Hatta airport`s services must be equal to that of other international airports such as Schipol in The Netherlands, Narita in Japan and Changi in Singapore, he said.

"International airport operators including those of the United States have expressed interest to become investors," he said.

But he added that the government had yet to respond to the offer because it still had to improve the internal management of the state airport operator.

"It (the project) is open to any investor who is willing to, the more so if they have enough experience. We will select them when all the internal aspects have been completed," he said.

To realize the plan the government would first form a subsidiary which would cooperate with the investors, he said.(*)