Juanda International Airport is a shared public international and military airport located in Sidoarjo, a small town near Surabaya in East Java, Indonesia. It is the hub of Citilink, Garuda Indonesia, Indonesia AirAsia, Lion Air, and Sriwijaya Air. It has become one of the main airports in Indonesia for ASEAN Open Skies.
Originally opened as a naval air base of Indonesia to replace the airport in Morokrembangan, Juanda International Airport is one of the country's busiest airports with at least 17 million passengers every year (five million more than its set capacity of 12.5 million). It is also one of the best airports based from services, as it is named as the world's 10th best in Airport Service Quality by the Airport Council International among some 79 airports within the same airport capacity. It was then increased to seventh place on the first quarter of 2015, which just shows that it is an ever improving facility.
Facilities for the said airport include a two main terminals (International and Domestic terminals), a single runway measuring 3,000 by 55 metres, a separate 5,300-square-metre administration building, control tower, and a cargo building with domestic and international cargo sections. In 2015, Indonesian President Joko Widodo has agreed to develop the airport into an Airport City, with plans to add two additional runways, and an integrated connection between Gubeng railway station and the airport using an elevated runway. Expansions are also on their way to address the overcapacity of the airport.
Where to go
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How to get out
Juanda International Airport provides domestic, short haul, and long haul flights to travellers who wish to get out of Surabaya, Indonesia. Airlines that serve the airport include AirAsia, Batik Air, Cathay Pacific, Garuda Indonesia, Kal Star Aviation, Lion Air, NAM Air, Royal Brunei Airlines, Saudia, and others.
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