Cargo expansion ahead for Hang Nadim airport

By Rebecca Jeffrey

Contract signing. Photo: Hang Nadim International Airport

A project to develop Batam’s Hang Nadim International Airport in Indonesia is due to begin this year and includes a plan to drive forward cargo development.

In December, Indonesian state airport operator PT Angkasa Pura I signed a 25-year development contract with South Korea’s Incheon International Airport Corporation (IIAC) and its Indonesian partner Wijaya Karya for construction expansion and operations at Hang Nadim airport.

In March 2021, IIAC’s consortium with PT Angkasa Pura I and Wijaya Karya won a tender to expand, improve and operate the airport, which in 2017 revealed plans to develop a cargo terminal

The concession scope covers renovation, management and maintenance of existing passenger terminals; construction, management, maintenance of a new passenger terminal (terminal 2); construction, management, and maintenance of other landside infrastructure, airside infrastructure, and management of new cargo terminals.

Plans are also in place to develop the airport to become a wider aviation destination hub and a logistics and cargo hub. The deal includes a master plan for a logistics ‘aerocity’.

The focus on becoming an international cargo hub will see an effort to attract cargo traffic from America and Europe so that they can transit in Batam and then continue flights to Australia, said Hang Nadim airport.

Additionally the airport could be a transit alternative for national airlines, enabling them to explore the operation of special cargo routes to and from China, Japan, India, the Middle East, without having to go to Singapore.

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