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Railway operator welcomes first airport train

  • Farida Susanty
    Farida Susanty

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Tue, August 15, 2017 | 02:53 pm
Railway operator welcomes first airport train Workers of state railway operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) check out the newly arrived train in Jakarta on Monday evening. The train will be operated as an airport train, connecting Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten to two stations in Jakarta. (JP/Farida Susanty)

State railway operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) on Monday evening welcomed the first train set to operate as an airport train connecting the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten to two stations in Jakarta.

"The first train has arrived and the rest will come in September," KAI president director Edi Sukmoro said in Jakarta on Tuesday.

A total of 10 trains will be operated along the airport railway, each able to transport up to 270 passengers per trip.

Read also: Airport railway operation to be postponed

The rolling stocks were produced by Canadian multinational aerospace and transportation company Bombardier Inc. along with state-owned train manufacturer PT INKA. They cost about US$70 million.

The airport track will connect the airport with Manggarai Station in South Jakarta and Kota Station in West Jakarta. The whole track will run along a 36.4-kilometer line.

The train is expected to help the increasing number of air passengers cut their travel time as they currently have to pass through toll roads that are frequently affected by traffic congestion. (bbn)

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