Jakarta — The Tourism Ministry is working hard to reach achieve its target of 20 tourist arrivals by 2020, including by establishing low-cost carrier (LCC) terminals across the country. Tourism Minister said on Sunday (22/07) that he had received approval from President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) to turn Soekarno-Hatta Terminal 2 into a low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT). He said he had met with state-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura II (AP II) president director Muhammad Awaluddin to discuss the issue. “We agree that Terminal 2 is the best terminal available to be converted into LCCT, ” he said. Previously, he also said that an airport in Banyuwangi, East Java, would also focus on serving low-cost carriers. The arrival of foreign tourists to Indonesian airports grows 13 percent annually on average, said Arief, adding that the number of visitors who arrived with full-service carriers (FSC) grew 7 percent, while those using low-cost carriers grew by about 55 percent annually. “The establishment of an LCC terminal is important because the LCC passenger growth is above 20 percent – in line with the government’s target of 21 percent annually. Meanwhile, the passengers of flag carrier Garuda Indonesia’s FSC only grew less than 5 percent,” he said. With the availability of LCC terminals, low-cost carriers can cut operational costs by up to 50 percent, while the traffic is expected to double, he said, adding that about 45 LCCs could be potentially open flights if Indonesia had terminals for them.