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Indonesia shows lofty ambitions for Jakarta air hub

$4bn investment aims to turn crowded Soekarno-Hatta into regional powerhouse

Flag carrier Garuda Indonesia relocated international flights to the new Terminal 3 at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in May. (Photo by Shinya Sawai)

JAKARTA -- Indonesia is pouring billions of dollars into its flagship international airport, seeking to gain an edge in the race for passengers in a region where air travel has taken off in recent years.

A decade and a half of steady economic growth backed by foreign direct investment has sent passenger traffic soaring at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. More than 60 million people use Soekarno-Hatta each year, causing serious overcrowding at a facility designed for just 18 million.

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