Named after the first president and vice-president of Indonesia, Soekarno and Mohammad Hatta, the airport is located at Benda, Tangerang, 20 km northwest of central Jakarta.
It is the busiest, largest airport in South East Asia, the busiest in the southern hemisphere and one of the busiest airports in world.
Three stores for the domestic terminals would be built between 19 at a cost of US5 million and one domestic terminal including an apron from 1982–1985 at a cost of US6 million.
A new terminal project, named the Jakarta International Airport Cengkareng, began.
The boarding pavilions demonstrate local Indonesian vernacular architecture, particularly the roof, in the Javanese stepped-roof pendopo and joglo style.In the early 1970s, with the help of USAID, eight potential locations were analyzed for a new international airport, namely Kemayoran, Malaka, Babakan, Jonggol, Halim, Curug, South Tangerang and North Tangerang.Finally, the North Tangerang site was chosen; it was also noted that Jonggol could be used as an alternative airfield.Kemayoran Airport has since been demolished and is now a planned mixed development neighborhood, where as Halim still serves domestic charter, VIP, and private flights, and re-opened as second commercial airport for domestic flights to relieve Soekarno–Hatta which is running over capacity, due to the rapid growth of airline travel in Indonesia.
The airport often struggles to accommodate all flights at its current limit of 81 aircraft movements per hour.
The airport commenced domestic operations in 1985 replacing the old over capacity Kemayoran Airport.