Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport provides service to the island of Java by serving as a hub for a number of regional airlines. About a dozen airlines operate hubs of various sizes from the airport serving regional and international destinations.
Batavia Air utilizes the airport as its principle hub and has its corporate headquarters in Jakarta. The airline operates a fleet of about 35 aircraft to more than 40 destinations including Saudi Arabia. The airline originally operated under the Metro Batavia when launched in 2002. The airlines acquisition of AirAsia has allowed it to expand its fleet and schedule.
Garuda Indonesia airline is based on the grounds of Soekarno-Hatta International Airport and utilizes it as one of its three primary hubs. This airline is the flag carrier for the nation of Indonesia. It operates about 80 aircraft flying to about 30 Indonesian and 20 international destinations. Garuda Indonesia airline began operations as a cargo service for the local revolutionaries battling the Dutch colonial authorities in the years shortly after World War II. The airline continues to serve as the official airline of government officials.
Lion Air, more formally known as Lion Mentari Airlines, operates a hub at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. Lion Air also operates subsidiary Wings Abadi Air, which also utilizes the Jakarta airport as a hub of operations. The two airlines operate a combined fleet of more than 100 aircraft flying to about the same number of destinations. The airline operates flights to destinations in Asia and Indonesia and is not allowed to serve any of the European Union countries.
AirAsia operates as a budget airline offering domestic and international routes from its primary hub at Jakarta. The airline is expanding with a number of aircraft on order but currently serves about 20 destinations. The airline previously operated as Awair airlines, which was an abbreviation of its full title of Air Wagon International.
Mandala Airlines has had a tumultuous run with the airline’s operations temporarily suspended in 2011 due to financial difficulties. The airline now is operating a three-plane fleet from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport utilizing the name Tiger Airways. The airline is optimistic about the future and has ordered additional Airbus aircraft to expand its routes.
One of the oldest airlines operating from a hub at Jakarta, Merpati Nusantara Airline began operations in 1962 and now serves about 85 cities in Asia. The airline is not allowed to operate in the United States or Europe because of safety concerns.