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Medan’s New International Airport set to open 25 July 2013.

July 10, 2013 Airport No Comments Email Email

Medan’s (North Sumatra) much awaited Kuala Namu International Airport is set to begin operations starting Thursday 25 July 2013, said Airport Director of PT Angkasa Pura II, Salahuddin Rafi to the press. The first aircraft to take off from Kuala Namu is expected to be a Garuda Indonesia flight.

Kuala-NamuKuala Namu Airport will be the second largest and busiest airport in Indonesia after the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta and will replace the present Polonia Airport, which is already the fourth busiest airport in the country after Jakarta, Denpasar and Surabaya.

Medan the regional capital of North Sumatra is fourth largest city in Indonesia and is known as the main gateway to North Sumatra – a bustling port city of commerce and the tourist gateway to the stunning Lake Toba, the world’s largest volcanic Lake, Gunung Leuser National Park and the Sumatran Orang Utan Conservatory at Bukit Lawang.

The newly built airport has a runway of 3,750 metres by 60 metres to allow landing and take-off of wide-bodied aircrafts. The airport is built to serve 9 million passengers in its first phase and 16 million passengers in its second phase, catering to 4.5 million international passengers and 2.6 million international transit passengers.  The terminal covers a 6.5 hectares area, with 3.5 hectares for commercial use.

‘Simulations, airport technical and navigational checks have been meticulously made since January this year and all are confirmed 100 percent ready to operate’, confirmed Salahuddin Rafi.

During the transition period, Medan will be served by two airports simultaneously, as Polonia airport will continue to operate, while Kuala Namu undergoes its initial operations.

Meanwhile, access to and from the airport must still be made through the old road between Medan and the town of Kuala Namu, some 19 km. north east of Medan and the present Polonia Airport. Passengers will be able to take Damri buses and Trans Medan mini buses between the airport and the city.

An airport train line will carry passengers to and from Medan 15 times per day, with a capacity of 172 passengers.  The trains and equipment are made in South Korea, the first set is to arrive in early August and the second in December this year. Meantime, INKA, the Indonesian Rail construction company will support the route with Indonesian-made carriages. This will be the first airport train in Indonesia.

Construction on the Kuala Namu International Airport has been delayed a number of times. Originally planned in 1991, it was postponed as a result of the Asian Economic Crisis. Nonetheless, today, since the airport is key in the country’s Accelerated Economic Plan (MP3EI), and an important hub in the ASEAN Open Sky 2015 accord, the Kuala Namu Airport has been the focus for the economic development for the whole of Sumatra.

Medan’s present Polonia Airport, which is located on the outskirts of Medan, and built some 70 years ago, is already over-congested, therefore the new airport has been highly anticipated.

Medan is serviced by a large amount of domestic air carriers such as Garuda Indonesia also and receives numerous international flights from Silk Air and Valu Air flying from Singapore, while Kuala Lumpur and Penang are served by Air Asia, Malaysian Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, Lion Air, Firefly, Mandala Airlines-Tiger Airways and Srivijaya Air flights. Air Asia Indonesia also flies to Medan from Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Hong Kong.

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