Unmanned ‘Skytrain’ linking Soekarno-Hatta Airport’s 3 terminals arrives, to be fully operational by August

A 3D model of Soekarno-Hatta’s Skytrain. Photo: PT Angkasa Pura II
A 3D model of Soekarno-Hatta’s Skytrain. Photo: PT Angkasa Pura II

Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport is finally getting a much-needed upgrade that will help it catch up, facilities-wise, with other major airports around the world.

Officials say the Skytrain, which is an automated train service that will link Terminals 1, 2, and 3 in Soekarno-Hatta, is almost ready for the public. According to Kompas, one of the Skytrains has now arrived at Terminal 3 and is scheduled for trials before it will become officially operational.

“There will be a commissioning process – making sure that everything is ready before becoming fully operational in the second half of this year. Commissioning takes about one month,” said airport management company PT Angkasa Pura II Public Relations Manager Yado Yarismano, as quoted by Kompas today.

The South Korean-made Skytrain, which consists of two carriages, will have a maximum capacity of 176 people. On June 20, one Skytrain will begin transporting passengers between Terminals 2 and 3.

In August, three Skytrains are expected to be fully operational for all three terminals, with a combined capacity of 528 passengers at any one time. A trip from Terminal 1 to 2 and then 3 and vice versa is expected to take around 7 minutes.

Currently, all three of Soekarno Hatta’s terminals are only accessible to the general public by road, with very limited means of public transportation for transfers.

Around the same time the Skytrain is expected to launch, another major railway project, connecting Soekarno-Hatta to the city, is expected to be ready for the public in July.

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