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Jakarta Post

Airport railway operation to be postponed

  • Farida Susanty

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, June 9, 2017   /   10:13 am
Airport railway operation to be postponed A commuter line train passes through a train station construction site in Dukuh Atas, Central Jakarta. The station will eventually serve passengers of five modes of public transportation, including the trains serving the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. (Antara/Prasetyo Utomo)

State railway operator Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) has postponed the operation of a railway service connecting Soekarno Hatta International Airport in Banten with Jakarta because Manggarai Station in South Jakarta, one of the final two destinations of the service, will not been ready by July.

"I don't think it will be in July. We were waiting for the completion of Manggarai Station," KAI president director Edi Sukmoro said on Thursday, adding that the operation was expected to start in September.

The railway operator said previously that it was still in the process of clearing 1,150 square meters of land in Manggarai, Jakarta, affecting 11 buildings in the area.

(Read also: Jakarta airport train fare to cost Rp 100,000 to Rp 150,000)

However, the trainsets for the airport railway will arrive in July, Edi said.

The airport track will connect Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Manggarai Station 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 serious traffic congestion. (bbn)