Padang Airport in West Sumatra Gets a Train Connection

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Padang Minangkabau International is the third airport in Indonesia to be connected by rail to the city it serves. The new train however offers for now only five daily trips to Padang town…

Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo launched the Minangkabau Ekspres Train, an airport train connecting Padang, the capital city of West Sumatra, to the province’s Minangkabau International Airport on Monday. The airport is located some 25 km away from town.

The 200-seat train is the third in the country after the launch of airport trains connecting Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, to Jakarta and another train system connecting Kuala Namu International Airport to Medan in North Sumatra.

The Minangkabau Ekspres will run five times from Simpang Haru Station in Padang to the airport and back.

The train can transport up to 393 passengers per trip. A ticket costs Rp 10,000 (70 US cents) for a full trip from Padang to the airport, but passengers only need to pay Rp 5,000 if they embark on a short trip from Padang Station to Tabing Station.

The airport’s train station is connected to a corridor that plane passengers must use to reach the airport’s departure lounge.

Padang Airport is among the busiest international airports on Sumatra Island, welcoming close to four million passengers last year. Only Medan Kuala Namu, Batam and Palembang accommodate more passengers than Padang on the island.

Next on the list is actually Palembang airport. The city which will be host to the Southeast Asian Games this August is due to have its LRT starting operation before the games kick off. The first LRT trains already arrived for trial tests in April.

(Source: The Jakarta Post)