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Global Airports Indonesia (GAI) 2012 was the largest-ever airport development conference in Indonesia and took place on June 26-27, 2012 at the Ritz-Carlton Pacific Place in Jakarta, Indonesia.   In cooperation with the U.S. Commercial Service Jakarta, GAI 2012 was organized by Angkasa Pura Supports, a subsidiary of Angkasa Pura 1, Indonesia’s State-owned Enterprise that operates 13 airports in eastern Indonesia and one of the three organizations that operate Indonesia’s airports. 

Indonesia is one of the fastest-growing aviation markets in the world with the number of passengers up over 18% in 2011 and with 15% growth projected in 2012.  Indonesia’s two largest airlines, Lion Air and national carrier Garuda Indonesia, have both made major investments to acquire new aircraft to meet this burgeoning demand, and a number of new airlines and existing smaller domestic carriers have expansion plans, enhancing competition and airport demands to serve this vast archipelagic country of +/- 270 million people.

Indonesia’s major airports are already operating well beyond rated capacity and there are currently plans to build, upgrade or expand 12 airports across the country.  Indonesia’s Masterplan for Acceleration and Development (MP3EI) as well as its Medium-Term PPP Infrastructure Book include several airport projects in its plans.  Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta Airport, ranked 16th in the world with 44 million passengers in 2011, is expanding but passenger growth is projected to exceed new capacity by 2016, leading to discussion of a second Jakarta international airport in the coming years.

Global Airports Indonesia 2012 was organized to explore the many issues and opportunities presented in the development in the Indonesian aviation sector in the coming years.