Jakarta is the most populous city in Indonesia with over 24,000,000 inhabitants in the metropolitan area. It is officially called the Special Capital Territory of Jakarta and acts as the capital of Indonesia.
The city is made up of five districts – North, South, East, West and Central Jakarta.
Two of the iconic spots in the city are the National Monument and the Istiqlal Mosque. Visitors are warned to stay away from many parts of the city during the night, and should instead experience Jakarta’s nightlife, some of the most vibrant in all of Asia.
Some fun, tourist-friendly, destinations in Jakarta are the Dunia Fantasia, SeaWorld, the Museum Nasional, and the Presidential Palace. The Pasar Baru is a huge market of tightly packed stores selling deals rather than designer items.
The easiest way to reach Jakarta from another country is by flying into Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (Airport code CGK). It is also called Soekarno, for short, and is only 20 kilometres outside of the main section of the city. The airport acts as a hub for multiple airlines including Batavia Air, Indonesia Air Asia, Wings Air, Cardig Air and a few other carriers. Each year over 30,000,000 passengers arrive into or depart from Soekarno on around 250,000 flights.
Of the over 45 airlines that are served by Soekarno, Garuda Indonesia flies, by far, the most frequently - about ten times more than the second most frequent carrier, American Airlines. In addition to Garuda Indonesia, Batavia Air, Lion Air, Merpati Nusantara Airlines and Sriwijaya Air offer flights to the greatest varieties of destinations.