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User currently offlineMegatop From Denmark, joined May 1999, 350 posts, RR: 0
Posted (15 years 7 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2703 times:

On my way home from Bali, I am stranded in Jakarta Airport for 5 hours.

Does anybody know how it is. What about plane spotting, shopping etc etc etc

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User currently offlineBicoastal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (15 years 7 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2676 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.

User currently offlineSIA fan From Indonesia, joined Aug 2000, 728 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (15 years 7 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2668 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!

User currently offlineAad665 From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 233 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (15 years 7 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2665 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.


User currently offlineMason From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 749 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (15 years 7 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2655 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!

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Photo © Dino Irsan / Sarana Grafika Medan - Indonesia

User currently offlineMason From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 749 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (15 years 7 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2654 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)

User currently offlineSIA fan From Indonesia, joined Aug 2000, 728 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (15 years 7 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2648 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.

User currently offlineAduum From Australia, joined Sep 2000, 335 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (15 years 7 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2641 times:

Jakarta Airport does not rock........neither does Perth.

They are both very very quiet and for large cities this astonishes me.

User currently offlineHB-IWC From Indonesia, joined Sep 2000, 4652 posts, RR: 69
Reply 8, posted (15 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2635 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.

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