1NEWS, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment (Menko Marves) Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan inaugurated the limited operation of the Yogyakarta International Airport (YIA) Train, Kulon Progo, DIY, Friday (27/8/2021). He also had time to try this service.
Also accompanying Luhut in the soft launching of the Airport Train at YIA were the Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi, Deputy Minister of SOEs II Kartika Wirjoatmodjo, and the Governor of DIY Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono (HB) X. After the inauguration, Luhut and his entourage started trying to ride it to Yogyakarta Tugu Station .
With the completion of the construction of the railway line from Kedundang Station to YIA, the trip to Tugu Yogyakarta Station which normally takes more than an hour can be shortened to 40 minutes using this airport train.
“It’s very comfortable. Because the view is good, the train is also good,” said Luhut at Yogyakarta Tugu Station, Friday.
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Luhut hopes that with the presence of this Rp1.1 trillion project, the number of passengers at YIA will also increase. Likewise, tourism in DIY has also been boosted following the ease of accessibility for domestic and foreign tourists.
“Also in its development it helps increase economic growth and ease of accessibility than environmentally friendly communities. We already know that Jogja is a Student City, a tourist destination, KSPN, so this train is prepared to also improve tourism transportation to this area,” said Luhut.
Luhut reminded airport train operators to prioritize passenger comfort and safety. Do not forget to integrate its operations with the PeduliLindung application to anticipate the spread of Covid-19.
“Later, the grand launching will be carried out by the President. I think this Covid will be a bit slow,” he added.
Luhut said, Minister of Transportation Budi Karya had proposed the construction of an additional station to support the airport train. The results of discussions with Sultan HB X, there is a chance that Sedayu District, Bantul Regency, will be chosen as the location.
Director General of Railways at the Ministry of Transportation, Zulfikri, added that the operation of the airport train was still limited. Currently, the service is still being socialized and adjusting the number of flights at YIA which has not been maximized due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to him, yesterday’s test only allowed for 2-4 trips a day. Adjusted the number of flights at YIA which is still 5-6 times a day.
“It’s still (a little), the more flights, the more train trips will increase,” said Zulfikri.