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Airport skytrain to be operated by crew for first six months

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, September 18, 2017   /   04:18 pm
Airport skytrain to be operated by crew for first six months The skytrain is ready to go during its launch at Terminal 3 of Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, on Sept. 17. (JP/Bangkit Jaya Putra)

Soekarno-Hatta International Airport’s skytrain will be operated by crew for the first six months, after which it will operate unmanned.  

“People movers everywhere use drivers in the first six to eight months of operations. It is a standard operating procedure,” said state-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Putra II (AP II) president director Muhammad Awaluddin in Jakarta on Sunday as reported by kompas.com, during the launch of skytrain on Sunday.

As an initial step, the skytrain will connect Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 of the airport, with an additional connection in December to Terminal 1 when all three sets of skytrains will be operational.  

State-owned PT LEN Industri finished building the skytrains in 14 months, quicker than the planned 17 months.  

State-Owned Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarno said her side was closely monitoring LEN Industri and state-owned construction firm PT Wijaya Karya, which were tasked with manufacturing the rolling stocks and constructing infrastructure, respectively.

Awaluddin said his company invested Rp 950 billion (US$71.76 million) for the skytrain project -- Rp 530 billion for the manufacturing of rolling stocks by PT LEN in cooperation with Woojin of South Korea and Rp 420 billion for the construction of  infrastructure. (bbn)