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Jakarta Post

One year on, airport train struggles to meet ideal load

  • Gisela Swaragita

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 11 2019   /  12:45 am

On track: The skytrain of Soekarno-Hatta International Airport undergoes a test run in Cengkareng, Tangerang, Banten, in January 2018.(JP/Arief Suhardiman)After a year in operation, the airport train Railink is still not the first option for Jakartans traveling to Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten.

“Based on data from airport train operator PT Railink as of November 2018, there were only 2,700 to 3,000 passengers per day on weekdays; 4,700 to 5,000 on Fridays; and 2,000 to 2,500 on Saturdays and Sundays. If we analyze the highest number, 5,000 passengers a day, then passenger loads only amount to 26 percent,” Deddy Herlambang, researcher at the Transportation Study Institute (INSTRAN), said during a public discussion on the one-year review of the airport train performance, in Jakarta on Wednesday.

Deddy said the 26 percent passenger load was far ...