Halim Perdanakusuma Air Base Dispute

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Air Chief Marshal Chappy Hakim
Chappy Hakim Air Chief Marshal Chappy Hakim assumed an appointment as Chief of Staff of the Indonesian Air Force from 2002 to 2005. In 2019, Chappy Hakim founded and led PSAPI – the Indonesian Center for Air Power Studies or ICAP

Jakarta, IO – News flash: the Indonesian Air Force has ordered PT Angkasa Pura II (Persero) to leave Halim Perdanakusuma Airport starting Thursday, July 21, 2022, as stated in the Notification Letter to Business Partners Number 08.01/02/07/2022/A.0078. 

Next, PT Angkasa Pura II (AP II), through the letter Number 13.01/00/07/2022/A.5305, issued on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, denied the news that PT Angkasa Pura planned to clear the land on July 21, 2022, as stated in the EGM Letter of KC HLP. This is called NOT TRUE. 

PT Angkasa Pura referred to the Decree of the Director General of Civil Aviation Number: KP 1230 of 2022 dated July 7, 2022, which confirms the settlement of PT Angkasa Pura II as the management of Halim Perdanakusuma Airport. PT AP II emphasizes that they do not wish to leave and will remain at Halim. 

In other news: PT Angkasa Transportindo Selaras (PT ATS), a subsidiary of the Lion Air Group will take over the role of AP II. Not long after, a statement surfaced stating that PT ATS was no longer part of the Lion Air Group, and has not been since 2020. 

Meanwhile, PT ATS explained that they were the rightful and legal concession holders of Halim Perdanakusuma Airport. 

It is concluded that all the news circulating, which still requires further clarification, only shows that the Halim Air Base is in the midst of a serious and chaotic dispute. A very understandable land-grabbing dispute that is financially promising with almost no capital or investment required. 

It would be such a logical and reasonable opportunity to be keen on, no matter how complicated the commotion will get. The confusion deserves the name: the Halim Airbase Dispute. 

The root of the matter 

International Airport of Kemayoran was no longer able to accommodate the increasing flow of both commercial domestic and international fight traffic. Thus, the Cengkareng Airport (now Soekarno Hatta Airport) was built to replace Kemayoran Airport. 

While constructing Cengkareng Airport, commercial flights were moved to Halim Air Force Base, which was also the location of the National Air Defense System Headquarters and the home base of over three operational squadrons of the Air Force’s main task force executing units. 

Since then, Halim Air Base, as the Air Force Operational Base was also known as Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport or Halim Airport. 

Cengkareng’s aerodrome was completed and ready to operate in 1985 as Soekarno Hatta International Airport or “Soekarno Hatta International Airport” (SHIA). Undoubtedly, all commercial fights transferred from Kemayoran to Halim should all be moved to Cengkareng, as the transfer to Halim was only temporary. That, unfortunately, did not happen. Some commercial flights still operated in Halim for thousands of reasons and excuses. 

Some parties might have enjoyed and benefitted from running and accommodating commercial fights. This is when the complicated and chaotic use of what was in fact “Halim Indonesian Air Force Base” started.