Lion Air to Build Monorail at Halim Airport

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - PT Angkasa Transportindo Selaras (ATS), a subsidiary of Indonesia's largest low-cost carrier, is teaming with the Air Force's central cooperatives (Inkopau) and state construction company PT Adhi Karya to develop Halim Perdana Kusuma Airport.

    According to Adhi Karya president director Kiswodarmawan, Halim Airport will have a monorail train to transport would-be passengers to the airport. “Passengers are always stuck in traffic. We want to provide front-of-your-door service to them,” he said on Tuesday.

    Lion Group, through PT ATS, plans to manage Halim Perdana Kusuma Airport. The management will begin with the renovation and expansion of the airport that seek to ease aircraft traffic.

    The airport will be expanded up to 100,000 square meters on a budget worth Rp5 trillion. The development is slated to kick off next month and end in nine months. Other new facilities of the airport besides the monorail are a taxi way and an air bridge.

    Lion Group general director Edward Sirait said the monorail project would be developed with an estimated length of 11-13 km. The monorail train will connect Halim Airport and Dukuh Atas Station, which will also serve as an intersection with the capital's mass rapid transit (MRT).

    Edward said the monorail train would be able to accommodate 180 passengers. “The technology will be automatic from a control room,” he said. The entire fund for the project stemmed from Lion Group, consisting of 50 percent internal cash and 50 percent loan.