Bicoastal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 1817 times:
In late June I flew through Jakarta on the way from Padang, Sumatra (after a great two weeks of surfing in the Mentawai Islands) to Bali. It was on Garuda. The airport in Jakarta is beautiful but empty. Only minimal shopping, food and other amenities. My buddies and I were looking for an Internet cafe, but they didn't have any such conveniences in the terminal we were in. We were there midday and I don't recall seeing any airline's aircraft other than Garuda and a Singapore Airlines....can't remember the model.
Though I flew in and out of Indonesia on Silk Air/Singapore Airlines, my Garuda domestic flights were very nice on a 737 and then a DC-10 from Jakarta to Bali. Clean aircraft, attentive service, on time and good food.
Have fun. Any airport in any part of the world can be interesting if nothing else just to people watch.
SIA fan From Indonesia, joined Aug 2000, 728 posts, RR: 1 Reply 2, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 1809 times:
What time will you be transiting at CGK? In the afternoons there are not many planes usually, but in the early evenings there should be a lot. CGK has an observation/spotting deck on the top floor of the terminal but you have to get out to the public area first to get up there.
Shopping is minimal, there are duty free shops and some stores selling tradional handicrafts, but the prices are usually marked up.
Good restaurants inside the terminal are scarce too, they usually only provide limited food. However there is a McDonald's outside in the public area
Well, have a good trip and enjoy Indonesia!
Aad665 From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 232 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 1806 times:
Ha! You're soo lucky to be there. What's a dream...specially today, they forecast snow here at YQB...
Anyway, I went many times at Jakarta Airport at different hours. It's very very quiet with minimal traffic and nothing to do. I remember one evening at 9pm when I was waiting my flight for Irian Jaya, everything was close.
My advise, bring a good book. Don't plan to go in Jakarta downtown. It take something like 30 min in public bus...but you have nothing to see. Most boring asian cities I ever seen.
Mason From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 748 posts, RR: 1 Reply 4, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 1796 times:
I can't believe it! Jakarta is a very nice airport. I have been there 5 times. I have seen many airlines there including Saudi, QANTAS, Cathay, Singapore, Malaysia, Lufthansa, BA, JAL, KLM, and of course Garuda, Mirapati, Sempati, Boroq (sp?), and many others. I was unaware of the obervation deck, check it out. I don't reccomend going downtown, either. It is very dirty, and a neat experience of you are willing to brave it. I spent 4 weeks in Indonesia once, mainly in Bandung, and Bali. The Bali airport is lovely, except for the long walk from the domestic to the international terminals (luggage and 100% humidity make this horrible!). Have fun, and take pictures! This site could use a few!
Mason From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 748 posts, RR: 1 Reply 5, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 1795 times:
I forgot to say if you go into the city, don't miss the monument, within walking/sight distance of Gambier train station. For a small amount of cash, you can ride an old elivator to the top; a great view! (If the smog is not too thick)
SIA fan From Indonesia, joined Aug 2000, 728 posts, RR: 1 Reply 6, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 1789 times:
Hey, who said my hometown is dirty? Although it is not exactly the cleanest city, there are a lot of much dirtier cities out there
Anyway Megatop, if you choose to go downtown don't take the taxis. They have been known to shut off their meters enroute and force passengers to pay the price they want or they will drop you off in the middle of the tollway
However, take the airport bus instead, very safe and very cheap, air-conditioned too! The bus will take to Gambir railway station, right in the city center on the National Square. It is within walking distance of many interesting sights such as the National Monument, National Museum, Presidential Palace, Government Offices, and the American Embassy.
HB-IWC From Greece, joined Sep 2000, 4450 posts, RR: 74 Reply 8, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 1776 times:
Depending on the time of the day you get there you should be able to spot some different companies...
First of all, there is a difference between terminal 1 and 2. Terminal 1 is for non-Garuda domestic flights only, while terminal to is used by all international companies plus all garuda flights. Visitor deck is in terminal 2.
Mornings are very calm with only Garuda traffic. In the afternoon and evening you will have a chance to see Saudia B743, Cathay A343 and A333, KLM B744, Lufhansa B744, Emirates B772, PIA A310, Air India A310, China Airlines A300 and B738, Korean A332, Air France B772, Malaysin B734 and A333, Thai A333, Qantas B747SP (!) and B763, JAL B743 and DC10, Gulf Air B763, Kuwait A343, China Southern B757, Royal Jordanian A310.
Not all of these companies operate every day into Jakarta, but you should be able to spot some of them.
Singapore airlines operates a mix of B744, A343, A310 and B777, with a flight at least every 2 hours.
Garuda operates a fleet of B744, B742, A333, DC10, B734, B735 and F28.
Some recently established local companies are also to be seem there, such as AWAIR, a new local company currently operating A310 and A300.
Generally, I agree indeed that the airport looks empty with few occasions for shopping and dining, but I am sure that, as economy is picking up, it has a great future.