A corner of Indonesia's Natuna archipelago. (Source: awesomearchipelago.wordpress.com)
Jakarta (VNA) – The Indonesian government plans to increase foreign flights to Soeharno-Hatta International Airport in the capital city Jakarta by 40 percent by the end of the year after the airport opened a new terminal on May 1.

The new Terminal 3 has a capacity of 25 million passengers a year.

The two existing terminals are also being upgraded and expanded to increase their combined annual capacity to 18 million passengers.

Adding more international flights will attract more international travellers while helping increase the country’s foreign currency reserve and contributing to national economic growth, said Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi.

The country has set a target of serving 20 million foreign visitors by 2019. It welcomed around 11.52 million foreign visitors in 2016.-VNA