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New Indonesian Airport Terminal Floods Just Days After Opening

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | August 15, 2016

New Indonesian Airport Terminal Floods Just Days After Opening

Photo: Soekarno–Hatta International Airport (Photo via Thinkstock)

Just days after opening, the brand new terminal at Soekarno–Hatta International Airport in Jakarta, Indonesia, was flooded Sunday when heavy rain caused drainage pipes to overflow inside the arrivals area.

According to The Associated Press, officials from Soekarno–Hatta airport apologized to passengers inconvenienced by the flooding at the new $560 million terminal. Airport personnel had the flooding under control within an hour, and officials are investigating the incident.

Local reports suggest the drains may have been clogged by debris from the construction of the new terminal. While the facility opened last week for domestic flights by Garuda—Indonesia’s national carrier—there have already been many complaints about the unfinished nature of the terminal

 READ MORE: Jakarta Airport Opens New $560 Million Terminal 

The Airports Council International reported that Soekarno-Hatta served about 54 million passengers last year, making it the 18th busiest airport in the world. Indonesian government officials are hoping the new terminal and a third runway being developed will help alleviate the pressure of dealing with so many people each year.

Officials also hope the new construction will make Jakarta one of the tops stopovers in Southeast Asia.

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