Located norhthwest of Jakarta, precisely in the city of Tangerang, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta Airport (CGK/WIII) is the busiest airport in Indonesia as well in Southeast Asia. The airport handled roughly 67 million passengers in 2018 and is the main hub for Garuda Indonesia, Citilink, Sriwijaya Air, NAM Air, Lion Air, Batik Air, and Indonesia AirAsia. The airport has 3 passenger terminals, a cargo terminal, and 2 parallel runways and is now undergoing a construction for runway 3 and planning for the new terminal 4 construction.
The airport is served by airlines mostly from major Asian cities. Others are from Australia, Africa (Addis Ababa with Ethiopian Airlines), some European cities such as Istanbul and Amsterdam, and domestic routes to/from most Indonesian cities with some other international routes being planned. The airport is also served by cargo airlines such as Cathay Pacific Cargo, China Airlines Cargo, Korean Air Cargo, and FedEx, as well as some regional cargo airlines.
There are no issues with the police or the airport security when taking pictures in Indonesia as long as you are not too close from the airport fences.
Written by Dirk Grothe (Spot 5) & Eka Prakasa, M. Raykahn Ariga (local Spotters). Last Update August 2020.
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|06/24||2.500 m (8.202 ft) Asphalt Concrete|
|07R/25L||3.660 m (12.008 ft) Concrete|
|07L/25R||3.600 m (11.811 ft) Concrete|
|Terminal 1 ( Domestic only)||Lion Air, Batik Air, Citilink|
|Terminal 2||Intl. and domestic flights|
|Terminal 3||Intl. flights and all Garuda Indonesia flights|
|Ladder||Small ladder may be necessary at Spot #1|
|Car/Public Transport||Most spots are reachable by car, or you can use online taxis like “Grab”. You may also use bike taxis such as “Go-Jek” or “Grab Bike” which has more affordable costs|
|Restrooms||Available inside the office/hotel building|
|Drinks/Food||There are some restaurants or coffee shops in spot #2 and #5, or a small food kiosk at spot #1 and #4|
|Hotels||Hotels are available around the airport. Best for watching the action is the FM7 Resort (spot #5).|
|Season||The best months to travel are around April to September (norther summer) as you may be able to spot for all day long.|
|General Info||Runways 25L/R regularly in use during winter, while runways 07L/R regularly in use during summer. Most aircraft inbound from the west use runway 07R or 25R, while most aircraft inbound from the east use 07L or 25L depending on the active runway|
|06/24||Newest and shortest runway. is partially active from 10am to 2pm local time subject to weather, aircraft size or another considerations. Runway 06/24 operations may end earlier though. Operation pattern when this runway active is 06/24 only for arrival and 07L/25R only for departure. Currently the biggest aircraft it able to accomodate is Boeing 777-300ER; when 747 coming to CGK it will be directed to Runway 07R/25L if 06/24 active.|
|07R/25L||Used for both departures and arrivals. Runway usage depending on the wind direction.|
|07L/25R||Used for both departures and arrivals. Runway usage depending on the wind direction. Only for departures if 06/24 is active.|
|WHERE||Due to the new runway, the former locations at the “tree house” and “pink house” are no longer available and has been demolished. However, there is a new spot near the third, new runway. A white two storey house next to New North Perimeter road. The owner is the same person who own the old famous “tree house” and permitted us to take photos there. The coordinate is in 6°06’36.3″S 106°39’01.4″E . Much easier to reach now since it’s located next to road, however might need more time if you need to catch a online taxi such as Grab or Go-jek.
While theoritically possible to take photo from the ground level along the fence, it’s unknown whether it’s allowed to take photo from ground level or not although sometimes there are several villagers doing fishing there undisturbed by security. Please note that it’s quite dangerous since it’s located on narrow grass roadside. There is a chance that a car, motorcycle or even bus or truck might accidentally veered off the lane and hit you so it’s suggested that we just do safe planespotting from the house.
|WHAT||It’s possible to take photo of departing traffic from Runway 07L/25R and when already regularly active, traffics from Runway 06/24.
Visible from this spot is the whole Terminal 2, Terminal 3, FLTechnic maintenance hangar and remote parking stand nearby the hangar.
|TIME||From 8 a.m. till sunset during northern summer (April-September). Heat haze may occur during midday|
|MISC.||A rule of thumb is you should pay the house owner around Rp. 25.000 – 40.000 (USD 2 – USD 4) each person, depending on how long you will take photo here. You can pay the house owner after you finish your work. Small kiosk is available downstairs and if you need foods, drinks and even maybe another goods might available, but it is suggested to bring what you need here.Toilet is available but it’s inside the owner house and you need to ask first.
There is a small tree and unknown cable (either telephone or electrical) in front of the house which at some angles could distract your view when taking Runway 06/24 traffics especially wide body traffics.
|FOCAL LENGTH||For 737-900ER on Runway 06/24 at it’s closest could be as low as 55mm, while for 737-800 or A320 around 70mm. For 777 or another long widebody aircrafts should be less than 55mm, maybe around 30-40mm at it’s closest.|
|WHERE||This spot is located inside the Aeropolis Residence carpark which is on the western part of the airport next to the perimeter road. Once you have passe have passed the secuirty gate turn left into the parking area. The guard is tolerant and will allow you to spot there. Travel time from/to the airport by car is about 30-40 minutes.|
|WHAT||All arrivals for runway 07R.|
|TIME||From 8 a.m. till sunset during northern summer (April-September).|
|MISC.||There are some restaurants, hotels and coffee shops inside the residence complex.|
|FOCAL LENGTH||70-200mm. 85mm for a B77W and 155mm for an A320.|
|WHERE||Located at the side of Kampung Kresek Road. From the airport, drive to the North Perimeter Road. Turn right at the T-junction, then turn left to Kampung Kresek Road at the next intersection. The spot is located at the 90 degree turn of the road. You may park your car at the road side. Google Maps coordinate: -6.1013, 106.68087.|
|WHAT||All arrivals for runway 25R and 24 (rarely in use).|
|TIME||From 8 a.m. till sunset during northern summer (April-September).|
|MISC.||Nearest shop is close to Spot #4. No facilities at this spot. There are no shades here. At rainy season, the path could partially muddled. Since it’s located next to the swamp, you’re recommended to use shoes as there is a risk that a snake or another creatures might appear. There is a small open trash dump nearby so please be aware that it could be smelly and many trashes disperse surrounding areas. Watch your step so you won’t step nasty things.|
|FOCAL LENGTH||<70-200mm. 90mm for a B77W and 165mm for an A320.|
|WHERE||Located at a bridge near the last intersection before the road to spot #3. There is a small gap for a car to park at the spot|
|WHAT||All arrivals for runway 25R|
|TIME||From sunrise till 4 p.m. during northern winter (Oktober – March).|
|MISC.||There is a small food kiosk and a small restaurant nearby. Aircraft is quite low here and the angle is very steep|
|FOCAL LENGTH||Less than 70mm for a B77W and 110mm for an A320|
|WHERE||Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta airport (CGK/WIII) is the biggest one in Indonesia and handles more than 60 million passengers year by year.
This spot is located on the rooftop of the “FM7 Resort”, which is located east of Jakarta airport. This hotel can be recommended generally as its very close to the airport, offers airporttransfers free of charge, is quite new/modern and surprisingly cheap (for normally known airportprices). /// The hotel’s adress: Jl. Perancis No.67, Benda, Kota Tangerang, Banten 15125
So the spot can be found at the hotel’s rooftop bar called “Montezuma Rooftop Bar”. This one is located on the hotels topfloor (like the name says), but can also reached without valid roomkey or similar. Just enter the hotel, go up to the rooftopfloor and search your favourite position along the front.
|WHAT||Good for landings on runway 25R.|
|TIME||Northern winter (Oct-Mar): The light is good almost all day. In the early morning or late evening you might have slight backlit or at least worser light.
Nothern summer (Apr-Sep): Spot is not really useable. You’ll have backlit most time.
|MISC.||Everything you need is inside the hotel such as restaurants, toilets or shadow.
The hotel is very spotterfriendly, it even advertises the terrace with its good view onto the approach. Sometimes the terrace even opens earlier as normal (normal opening is 17:00) for spotters, just ask friendly a staffmember.
|WHERE||Located at the side of Husein Sastranegara Road across a bike workshop. There is a gap for a car to park beside the workshop. Google Maps coordinate: -6.1276, 106.68578|
|WHAT||All arrivals for runway 25L|
|TIME||From sunrise till 4 p.m. during northern winter (Oktober – March).|
|MISC.||There are some small restaurants nearby. Angle is very steep|
|FOCAL LENGTH||Less than 70mm for an A350 and 85mm for a B738|
|WHERE||This spot is a open deck with roof above what we called in Indonesian as “Indekost / kost” (closest english translation is Boarding House) located in a village next to south airport perimeter road. Seems like this is a new spot since on latest StreetView images available (2018), only shown it’s foundation. The owner decided to built a new small “viewing deck” recently, and it has a great view for spotters. As of January 2020, there is a small “base” of Komunitas Fotografi Aviasi Indonesia – Indonesian Aviation Photography Community here. Access could be quite challenging for first timer especially if coming alone and you’re unable to speak Bahasa; it’s recommended that you ask some fellow spotters to help you before coming here.
It can be easily reached both by motorcycle. There is no convenient car parking spot nearby so bringing personal car is not recommended. Try to park your car at another location (such as on Spot #8) and continue using taxi or motorcycle taxi such as Go-Jek or Grab. You can use your GPS app to get to the starting point (see map at the end of Jl. Halim Perdana Kusuma). Then please follow the direction on the pictures below.
|WHAT||Both taxiing, takeoff and landing in the runway and taxiway. Touch down moment can be spotted here.|
|TIME||The deck is facing northwest so expect a backlight if facing to northeast in the morning and west in the evening . Heat wave may occur in the afternoon.|
|MISC.||Same rule of thumb of the “white house” applies here and any spot that is not a open area (e.g someone’s house). The amount for this case is not specified but suggested around IDR 20.000 to IDR 35.000 (USD2 to USD3) depending on how much you can afford. You can pay the house owner after you finish your work. There is a small kiosk on the 1st floor where you can order drinks, snacks and noodles. It stocked more items compared with the kiosk on the white house, however it’s always recommended to bring what you need in advance in case they didn’t have it. Currently a small toilet is under construction next to the deck to accomodate visitor’s need.|
|FOCAL LENGTH||Around 55mm for a 777-300ER and around 100mm for 737 / A320.|
How to get to the location:
|WHERE||This is a office area close to the airport, located just in between of Runway 25R and Runway 25L. Runway 24 arrivals also able to spot here although it might be a bit more challenging. Good location if you want to catch a special traffic but have no idea on what runway it will land and you don’t want to gamble your luck too much. One of Indonesia’s main airline group, Sriwijaya Air Group headquartered here. For now, the recommended spotting location is along the parking lot on this office area, you can explore several other good angles too – wish that one of the rooftops might available for visit in near future.|
|WHAT||Arrivals only if the active runway is 24 or 25. Departures from Runway 07 still possible to spot but the aircraft position may already too high.|
|TIME||Location is facing both northwest and southeast so it will be backlight when you facing east in the morning and west in the evening. Best time to spot is around 15.30 until before sunset. Heat wave may occur in the afternoon. Location can be accessed everyday but accomodation not available at all times – see misc section for more details.|
|MISC.||Parking fee is IDR 2000 (USD 0.2) per hour for motorcycle and IDR 4000 (USD 0.4) for the first hour with additional IDR 3000 for each consecutive hours for cars. Drop off and pick up using motorcycle taxi or car taxi charged with a initial hour fee. There is a canteen on the basement (only open for lunch, working days only), cafe on Sriwijaya Air’s headquarters (07.30 to 16.00, working days only) and cafe on Priskila’s building (09.00 to 17.00, working days only). A convenience store also available, open from 06.00 until 21.30 on working days + saturday (might close earlier on saturday). Bring what you need in advance if you’re coming on Sunday. There are several hotel available nearby, the closest one is Starlet Hotel which is in walking distance to this location. Since you will take a photo along the parking lot, please always be careful with other vehicle movements. Don’t get too close to the lane.|
|FOCAL LENGTH||150-250mm for widebody aircraft landing at Runway 25R, and 250mm for widebody aircraft landing at Runway 25L.
Longer focal needed for traffics arriving at Runway 24.
|WHERE||This spot is close to the final approach path of the air plane, maybe the air plane only several hundred feet above. Go through the alley to enter the location as shown on picture below. Alternatively, you can do plane spotting on the roadside next to the alley.|
|WHAT||07L Arrivals only. 25R departure seems not possible / hard as the air plane is already too high.|
|TIME||Best time to come here should be around afternoon to evening.|
|MISC.||Just like the name suggests, be expected that it could be smelly at many times.|
|FOCAL LENGTH||Less than 55mm for 737 (~30mm). Angle is quite steep.|
|WHERE||This spot offers a wide area to spot Runway 07L Arrivals. Ask the nearby hawker seller that you want to take air plane photos from the field and they will help you. The fence can be opened and often not closed.|
|WHAT||Recommended spot for Runway 07L Arrivals. For Runway 25R departures, the airplane is already too high but you can try one.|
|TIME||Best time should be around afternoon to evening.|
|MISC.||Keep in mind that this is an open field with tall grasses, you’re recommended to use shoes and trousers while spotting here as snakes and other creatures might appear. Try to not go through the grass field and keep on the path. There are many hawker stalls and food depots nearby.|
|FOCAL LENGTH||Around 70mm for 737 & A320.|
|WHERE||This spot is a homestay / boarding house similar to Spot #7, the owner has allowed us to do planespotting on this location. Located almost in between two runways path, thus making it possible to spot both runway arrivals or departures. However, the best possible angle for this spot is Runway 07L Arrivals. Almost equivalent with Spot #8 but on the other side of the airport. It’s easy to access with a car, motorcycle, or taxis; it’s also possible to walk from Spot #2.|
|WHAT||The closest and best angle from this spot is for Runway 07R arrivals. If the sky is clear enough from smog, you can frame some of Jakarta’s skyline in your photo.
Departures from Runway 25L still possible; although for most narrow body airplanes already too high from this spot. Runway 07L arrivals and 25R departures are visible but too far for good photos (see Condor sample below).
There is an engine run-up bay nearby which can be seen from the rooftop (although quite obstructed by trees and rail overhead catenary), occasionally used for engine run-up tests for airplanes that are maintained in the Garuda Maintenance Facility.
|TIME||From 8 a.m. till sunset during northern summer (April-September). Heat haze may occur in the afternoon.|
|FOCAL LENGTH||175-250mm for airplanes arriving at Runway 07R and departing from Runway 25L. 250mm still fairly good for Runway 07L arrivals / 25R departures, although it will be better if possible to use a longer focal length.|