Major Cities Must Have Transport System Leading to Airports: Joko

President Joko Widodo said airports in Indonesia’s major cities should be connected with modes of mass transportation to reduce traffic jams on roads going to and coming from these airports.

The president experienced first hand the airport Railink train, connecting Medan station with the Kualanamu International Airport station on Thursday (03/03). In the 30-minute trip, Joko seemed satisfied with the cleanliness and comfortable facilities.

“In the future, the standard is that airports should be connected with mass transport, be it LRT [Light Rapid Transit], railbus, trains – even if it takes five to 10 years,” Joko told reporters at Kualanamu Airport.

The use of mass transport in the major cities will become an effort to form a culture of utilizing public transports.

“Everything should lead to mass transport,” Joko added.

Within this year, the completion of two airport railways in Padang, West Sumatra, and Lampung province is expected. Two other targets to be achieved in 2017 are the railways leading to Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport and Palembang, South Sumatra.