7th Indonesian President, Joko Widodo

From 2018 to this week, the Government of Indonesia, comprising the President to its line-up, has proved a performance that can be perceived and can see by the naked eye. Starting from 2 January to 24 May the government has inaugurated several Airport trains in several areas and International Airport.
Here are some achievements of the Indonesian government from January to May 2018.

1. Soekarno – Hatta International Airport Train

Soekarno Hatta International Airport Train

Soekarno-Hatta International Airport Train became the first transportation infrastructure development project inaugurated by President Joko Widodo in 2018. The inauguration was done directly by the President at around 9:00 AM on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

He revealed that the construction of the airport train is one of the government’s efforts to reduce congestion that occurred in Jakarta. With the presence of the airport train, coupled with the construction of LRT, MRT, and integration with other transportation facilities, the President hopes that people will be willing to switch to mass transportation.

“We hope people are no longer using private cars. But all of them want to move to the safe, comfortable and can be used together, both in Jabodetabek and to the airport, “he said.

On the occasion, President Joko Widodo briefly tested the operation of the airport train which was built since three years ago. From terminal 3 of Soekarno-Hatta Airport, the Head of State goes directly to the departure station using SkyTrain which has operated first. After inaugurating and reviewing the departure station facility, the President and his entourage then travel by airport train to Sudirman Baru Station.

2. Minangkabau International Airport Train

Minangkabau Internasional Airport Train

President Joko Widodo inaugurated the Minangkabau International Airport (BIM) Railway in Padang Pariaman District, West Sumatra Province, Monday, May 21, 2018. This train is the third airport train in Indonesia after the Kualanamu Airport train and the Soekarno-Hatta Airport railway.

“Airport trains like this just exist in Medan, then in Jakarta, then that is now in West Sumatra in Padang,” said the President in his speech.

The airport railway is named KA Minangkabau Ekspres and is already operating premiered on May 1, 2018. With this airport train, the President hopes that the use of private cars can be reduced so that it can reduce congestion, just like in Jakarta.

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“Why are the trains built in Jakarta Kota to the Airport? Because we want to reduce private cars. We want people to take mass transit, busway, train, soon MRT and LRT. Without it inevitably the whole world is sure to be stuck. In West Sumatra, especially in the city of Padang, we want the same thing, “he explained.

Furthermore, the President said that the price of airport train tickets in Padang is also very affordable. The difference with the airport train in Jakarta, said the President, is the airport train in Padang financed from the state budget, not private. On the occasion, the President also said that Minangkabau International Airport is in the process of expansion. From the previous 2.7 million passengers per year to 5.7 million passengers by the end of 2019.

3. Kertajati International Airport West Java

Kertajati International Airport

West Java International Airport (BIJB) Kertajati, Majalengka, has officially operated and made its first landing or historical landing, on Thursday (24/05/2018). Historical landing is done by two airlines namely Garuda Indonesia and Batik Air with passengers VVIP and VIP.

The arrival of the Indonesia-1 presidential plane at West Java International Airport (BIJB) or Kertajati, Majalengka Regency, became the first landing at the airport built on the 1,800 hectare land. Wednesday, May 24, 2018, presidential plane carrying President Joko Widodo and entourage to conduct a two-day working visit to land at BIJB approximately 09:19 pm. Upon arrival at the apron, the presidential plane was greeted with water salute ceremonies.

The presence of the second largest airport in Indonesia after Soekarno-Hatta around the developing area of West Java is expected to support community mobility in West Java and provide a good economic impact for the surrounding area.

“We hope Kertajati Airport in Majalengka, West Java, this will actually become an airport that can provide services to all citizens of West Java and of course all the people of Indonesia who want to West Java. In addition, we also expect this to have an economic impact both in Majalengka and West Java as a whole, “he said
economic improvement in West Java by providing easy access and services for incoming investors.

The President said it wanted this airport can be integrated with Port Patimban which is located approximately 40 kilometers. This integration can support economic improvement in West Java by providing easy access and services for incoming investors.

In addition to the three inaugurations, the government is also currently working on several international airport projects in several areas, namely Greater Soedirman Airport and Ahmad Yani International Airport in Central Java.

Reference: PresidenRI.go.id

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