Soekarno-Hatta is not only an airport for the city of Jakarta. It is the main entrance gate of the Republic of Indonesia.
As a citizen who has always dreamed of Indonesia having a representative airport, I always can’t wait to find out that Soekarno-Hatta will have a new terminal. Terminal 3 Ultimate (now called ‘Terminal 3’ only). Moreover, he is widely predicted to compete with Changi Airport.
When it was launched in early August 2016, I was excited and wanted to try it right away. But after seeing it for myself, I was a bit disappointed. Behind this large and magnificent building, it turns out that many execution details are lacking. Here’s a list that I made, maybe it can be a material for repairs for Angkasa Pura 2.
(all photos were taken in October 2016 by myself, unless otherwise stated)
1. Under the Bridge
I don’t know if this is finished or not, but what is clear is that the terminal is operational, right?
2. Gate decoration at the entrance of the airport area
After exiting the toll road, or exiting the perimeter road to the terminal entrance, there is usually a gate of a very Indonesian traditional Balinese house. Now it’s replaced with something like a windmill with green lightning on it.
3. Roof shape
When compared to the warm colored roof design of Terminal 2, high ceilings, and inspired by a joglo house, I feel that the design of Terminal 3 which is shaped like sharp teeth is too gloomy, cold, and stiff. I don’t understand architects, this is just a pure feeling, hehe.
4. Vintage car decoration
I feel that this colorfully painted antique car decoration shouldn’t be in an airport as grand as terminal 3. Again, this is just my taste.
5. Soap holder in the toilet
For a terminal as grand as a 3 . terminal
Ultimate, this soap holder looks very cheap. I found a similar soap holder at a Nasi Padang stall near my house.
6. Unique air conditioner design
I can not say the design is not good. But when I look at some of these air conditioners, the selection of materials is not good. I see in some air conditioners it has started to bubble like wood particles exposed to water.
7. Not allowed to bring trolley in the lift?
Airports are places where people carry a lot of luggage. In terminals 1 and 2 we usually take a big lift which is like a freight elevator. But in terminal 3? Do not expect.
The lift is much smaller than T1 and T2. The officer said, “The elevator is made of glass, so you can’t put the trolley in, or it might break.”
8. Smoking area
I’m not a smoker. But smokers will be happy because in T3 there are many smoking arenas. Not only in the corner, but also in the middle! This is the smell, the smell is also the same as me who was passing by. Whoops.
9. Information Board Color
Oh yes, there is no information screen on which side of the baggage collection conveyor belt. So we have to check one by one where the position of our flight baggage conveyor belt is. Huvt.
10. Art Decoration
Apart from antique cars, there are some contemporary art decorations which….I don’t understand, but I can’t say they are good. Some of them are controversial because they are considered to feature figures who look like communist figures have been taken down.
Please rate yourself.
This is a very visible part. At the check-in section, the lights are dim. Using a light source that is quite loud but infrequent, resulting in high contrast.
If you take a photo, the result will be either underexposure or overexposure, because the camera is unable to capture the range of light.
At the front of the arrival area, the lights use spotlights like a football stadium. Dazzled.
12. There’s still a lot of unfinished business
It’s been 2 months since the terminal opened, but it looks like there’s still a lot of unfinished business. Early next year Terminal 3 will also serve international routes. Hope all is well, eh?
13. Not according to the original design?
This is the initial rendering of Soekarno-Hatta’s Terminal 3 that appeared to the public. When I saw this, I couldn’t wait for this terminal to be finished. But, oh well..
In addition to building problems, there are also well-known problems such as flooding and imperfect baggage handling, causing delays or baggage being left behind. Even when I was there, T3 had a power outage so that the escalator, lights, restaurant didn’t work. Pity for the 5-star airline, the sole occupant of this terminal, right?
In the end, this is all my personal opinion. Please correct if there are mistakes.
Hopefully Soekarno-Hatta Airport can be better.
ps There is also a video of a one minute tour inside the airport. Don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel too! 🙂
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