Government confirms increase of Soekarno-Hatta service charge

JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - Service charge at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport will increase starting March 1.

The Transportation Ministry on Wednesday confirmed that the government will increase passenger service charge (PSC), also known as airport tax, at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, as the government needs funding to upgrade the overcrowded terminals.

"The PSC of Soekarno-Hatta International is lower than charges of many other international airports," Transportation Ministry Director General for air transportation Agus Santoso told The Jakarta Post over the phone on Wednesday.

He said state-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II (AP II) had spent Rp 7 trillion (US$490 million) to construct Terminal 3 and to improve other facilities of the airports.

Starting on March 1, the airport tax will increase to Rp 65,000 from Rp 50,000 in Terminal 1 and to Rp 85,000 from Rp 65,000 in Terminal 2.

Previously, AP II announced that after the completion of Terminal 3 it planned to renovate terminals 1 and 2 to try to increase its capacity. The latter will be used for domestic flights, while the new Terminal 3 will be used exclusively for international flights.

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