Jakarta Airport Train to Commence Operation in December

Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi is checking the progress of Airport Railway System.

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – An Indonesian railway connection to Soekarno-Hatta Airport will start operating in December 2017, according to Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi said. Railway operator PT Railink, a subsidiary of PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI), said 10 trains, with a capacity of 33,000 passengers per day, have been prepared to serve airport passengers and personnel.

“With premium facilities, we expect about 30 per cent of the passengers  to Soekarno-Hatta Airport will shift from private vehicles to the airport train,” said Sumadi.

Even though the project is still lacking in details, Sumadi has made sure progress is still ongoing, including the development of a one-way lane.

In order to attract passengers, Railink will offer free service during the month of December. The trains will carry passengers from Tangerang, Banten and Jakarta’s inner city to Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.

Kereta Api management has yet to announce airport train ticket fares; Management is expected to set fares at between Rp75,000 (US$5.55) and Rp100,000 per person per trip.

Railink is a joint venture set up between Kereta Api Indonesia and state-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II. The rail link will cut travel time from the city center to the airport, as the roads connecting Soekarno-Hatta International Airport to the city are frequently affected by traffic congestion.

Jakarta was named the ‘city with the world’s worst traffic’ in one index last year’, based on satellite navigation data, stating the average driver started and stopped more than 33,000 times a year. An estimated 70 per cent of the city’s air pollution comes from vehicles.

App-based transportation firm Uber, in collaboration with the Boston Consulting Group, released a study revealing that drivers in Jakarta spend an average of 22 days a year in traffic.

With an investment amounting to more than US$370 million, this project has becomes one of many projects enabled with a non-state budget financing scheme. The government is targeting to source the funding of infrastructure projects under a Non-State Budget Investment Financing scheme, pushing 10 infrastructure projects.

“We (the government) have the responsibility to encourage this kind of partnership,” said Sumadi.

Written by Elisa Valenta, email : elisa.valenta@theinsiderstories.com