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Default Confusion reigns on Kuala Namuís first day

Confusion reigns on Kuala Namu’s first day
Apriadi Gunawan, The Jakarta Post, Medan | Headlines | Fri, July 26 2013, 9:46 AM

The Kuala Namu International Airport (KNIA)’s first operational day was still marred with confusion while it was smooth flying all in all.
Many passengers were confused while others still went to the Polonia Airport which stopped serving commercial flights on Wednesday evening.
The passengers said they went to Polonia because they did not know how to get to KNIA which is located in Deli Serdang regency.

Ero Sitepu and his wife Lily had been looking for the airport bus everywhere but did not find one so they decided to go to Polonia, which is located inside Medan.
“Luckily there is this gentleman here so we can take the Damri bus to Kuala Namu,” Ero said while pointing to the bus driver.
State bus operator PT Damri is deploying its buses at Polonia to anticipate passengers who keep coming to Polonia which has been returned to the Indonesian Air Force.
Most passengers also found it difficult to get to the departure terminal after passing the main gate due to lack of traffic signs and lighting.
Some of them ended up at the arrival terminal, such as Heru Gani, who was bound for Bali via Jakarta using the first flight taking off from KNIA, flag carrier Garuda Indonesia’s flight GA 181. He said there was no direction at all toward the departure terminal.

Inside the airport, Heru suffered another glitch when he could not get through the boarding gate after scanning his Medan-Jakarta boarding pass.
An official could not help Heru open the gate with his own boarding pass. Heru could get through after, by chance, scanning his Jakarta-Bali ticket.

“This is very confusing. The official should have been able to open the gate instead of me scanning the Jakarta-Bali ticket,” he told The Jakarta Post in the early hours of Thursday.
Carrying 120 passengers, flight GA 181 took off at 5:22 a.m., some 20 minutes behind schedule.
Many passengers of flight GA 181 came much earlier but on-duty officials prevented them from entering the waiting lounge because there had been no officials inside.
“The officials should have been there earlier than us,” said Ria Novida Telambuana who had been there at KNIA since 4 a.m.

Garuda president director Emirsyah Satar and president director of state airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II, which manages KNIA, Tri S. Sunoko, saw the first take off from KNIA.
Meanwhile, State-Owned Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan, Transportation Deputy Minister Bambang Susantono and North Sumatra Vice Governor T Erry Nuradi welcomed the last airplane to land at Polonia, an AirAsia aircraft.
Dahlan and his entourage then went to KNIA on board a Garuda airplane to be the first plane to land at the new airport at 1:05 a.m.

Dahlan admitted that there were many passengers still confused on the first day claiming that he met a passenger from North Tapanuli who had asked for directions 10 times.
“This is good feedback and we will provide the signage,” he told the Post, while asking Erry to coordinate with North Sumatra Transportation Agency.
He added the shift from Polonia to KNIA was a great achievement because it meant moving some 20,000 passengers daily from Polonia.

How to get to Kuala Namu International Airport

1. Train
The KNIA train is the fastest mean to get to the airport with a travel time of some 45 minutes. Passengers can get to the Medan Main Train Station besides the Merdeka Square on Jl. Balai Kota. There are 10 trips per day in each direction.
Fare: Rp 85,000 (US$8.50)
Time table: First trip from Medan at 3:55 a.m., last trip from KNIA at 00:15 a.m.

PT Damri provides two bus shelters in Medan: on Jl. Gatot Subroto next to Carrefour and at Amplas bus terminal. Meanwhile, private bus operator PO ALS provides a shelter in Binjai city to serve passengers from Binjai mayoralty and Langkat regency.
Fare: Rp 10,000 (US$1) from Amplas, Rp 15,000 from Jl. Gatot Subroto and Rp 30,000 from Binjai

3. Taxi
Taking taxi needs some 60 minutes to 90 minutes to reach KNIA from Medan in a 39-kilometer trip, depending on traffic. The trip could be lengthened to some 120 minutes if there is a traffic jam.
Fare: Average Rp 145,000 (US$14.50).

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MEDAN - Is the saga about Medan new airport finally coming to an end? Despite protests by some 100 residents early last week, who oppose the new airport as they will be evicted from their land. The Jakarta Post also reported that some of the work is still not complete such as the rail station. It will take another month to finish the new rail terminal at the airport. Some workers explained to the newspaper that funds have been slow to arrive and consequently delayed the completion of the airport’s facilities. However, the unfinished facilities will not delay the new rail service. Medan is in fact the first city in Indonesia to have a direct rail access.

Medan Kuala Namu International Airport (KNIA) will then from July 25 officially replace the old Polonia Airport as an international hub in Medan. Transportation Ministry public relations director general Israfulhayat said the airport cost Rp 5.8 trillion (US$ 592 million) to build with 59% of the total budget provided from the Ministry while the rest came from the own financial resources from Airport State Company Angkasa Pura II. Toll roads have only been completed to 80% but the airport’s authority is confident that work will be achieved before the end of the year. In between, passengers with a car will use normal roads with a travel time estimated to then reach an hour.

Medan new Kuala Namu airport stretches over 1,365 hectares and is equipped with a 3,750 m runway, an apron able to accommodate 33 aircraft and a terminal offering a surface of 118,000 m2 for 10 million passengers. Future extension will further enhance the terminal capacity to 15 million passengers. By comparison, the old Polonia airport had only a capacity of 2 million passengers but accommodate over 7.9 million passengers last year.

Most of airlines announced already to boost their operation. Garuda is adding new destinations from Kuala Namu to Bangkok and Penang while already serving Batam, Padang/Pekanbaru, Palembang and Jakarta.

AirAsia is currently Medan’s busiest international carrier and has announced to launch flights to Singapore. The airline serves for now Jakarta, Bandung, Surabaya, and Pekanbaru domestically as well as Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Penang. The new Singapore route will be opened from August 12.

Dharmadi, President Director of AirAsia Indonesia said the shift to Kuala Namu Airport would provide improved services to AirAsia's guests.“The world-class, state-of-the-art Kuala Namu International Airport is equipped with sophisticated technologies as well as modern amenities designed to provide enhanced services to air transport users, especially AirAsia’s guests. To complement our services, we have also put together a handy Kuala Namu guidebook, which contains an airport directory as well as information on how to get from or to the airport by public transports”.
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Medan’s New Airport Opens Amid Gripes Over Rail Fares

By Happy Amanda Amalia & Arnold H. Sianturi on 10:14 pm July 25, 2013.
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Workers construct a railway platform at Medan’s new Kuala Namu International Airport. The airport will open on Thursday, but it lacks a road connecting it directly to the city. (JG Photo/Meli Yanti)

Deli Serdang. North Sumatra’s new airport started operations on Thursday, marked by the departure of Garuda Indonesia’s flight GA 0181 bound for Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.
State Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan closed the old Polonia airport just before midnight on Wednesday after the arrival of an AirAsia flight from Bandung, West Java.
Tri Sunoko, president director of the state-controlled airport operator Angkasa Pura II, on Wednesday said all operations from Polonia airport have now been transferred to the new Kuala Namu International Airport (KNIA) in Medan.
North Sumatra deputy governor Tengku Erry Nuradi said residents have been waiting a long time for the new airport.
“After 19 years of waiting, since 1994, Kuala Namu Airport is finally ready. With the presence of Kuala Namu, we hope the people of North Sumatra can revive and achieve many things that have not yet been achieved,” Erry said.
The airport is served by Indonesia’s first-ever airport rail service. The rail link is expected to accommodate at least 20 percent of the estimated 21,000 passengers passing through the airport daily.
However, many residents have complained about the rail tariff, set at Rp 80,000 ($7.80) from the Medan station to the airport, saying it was too burdensome.
“Not all of the people who are users of KNIA come from the middle-income class or are businesspeople. Many people from lower economic groups also travel by air. The low-income earners fly for urgent matters,” Supriadi, a Medan resident, said on Thursday.
Supriadi added that he hoped the government and the rail link operator would not commercialize the service, saying KNIA should create job opportunities rather than problems.
“Let’s say four people in a family take the train to KNIA or to a station in Medan [from the airport], they have to pay Rp 320,000. That’s not worth it, compared to when the family takes a taxi operated by the private sector. How is it possible that transportation operated by the private sector can be cheaper?” he quizzed.
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