Jakarta. The new train service to Soekarno-Hatta International Airport will commence before the end of the year, State-Owned Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarno said in a statement on Friday (01/12).
She said the train service will commence shortly after its inauguration by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.
"I have done the trial, from buying tickets to the exit gate. Everything went smoothly, hopefully it can be operational before Christmas," the minister said.
State-owned railway operator Kereta Api Indonesia built the infrastructure, including a new 12-kilometers railway from Batuceper Station in Tangerang, Banten, to the airport.
Railink president director Heru Kuswanto added that the airport train is expected to provide the public with an alternative mode of transportation to access the Indonesia's largest airport.
He explained that there will be at least 124 trains per day, spaced 15 minutes apart, which means the new service will be able to transport up to 33,728 passengers per day.
In the early stages of operation until Dec. 31, tickets will cost between Rp 20,000 and Rp 30,000 ($1.50-$2.20) per person. The normal rate of Rp 100,000 per person will apply from Jan. 1.