Jakarta. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has laid the corner-stone of Solo's new integrated transportation system, the Airport Link project.
The rail link will allow Solo residents to travel faster and easily reach other means of public transportation.
"The terminal will be constructed by state airport operator Angkasa Pura I and the trains will come from train manufacturer INKA in Madiun [East Java]," Jokowi said at Adi Sumarmo Airport's rail link construction site on Saturday (08/04).
The Ministry of Transportation said that Adi Soemarmo Airport, which covers 13.000 square meters will be enlarged to 26.000 square meters to accommodate more passengers — it currently serves 1.5 million a year.
Adi Sumarmo's apron will also be extended from 2.600 meters to 3.000 meters. The project is set to be complete in 2018.
The president said many developed countries already have their own airport railway links interconnected with other means of public transportation and Indonesia must also seek this kind of efficiency.
"To win the global competition we need great efforts. Anything related to transportation on the sea, land and air must be efficient," Jokowi said.
Guests present at the ground-breaking ceremony included president's wife Iriana Joko Widodo, Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi, State-Owned Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarno, State Secretary Pratikno and Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo.
The president, who is a Solo-native, expressed his hope that land disputes will not delay the project.
"It is the regent's and major's responsibility to resolve these issues. They must be ready because [in transportation] we are already behind other countries" he said.