Medan's long-delayed Kuala Namu International Airport will begin operations on July 25. Kuala Namu will be the second largest and busiest airport in Indonesia after the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta and will replace the present Polonia Airport, which is already the fourth busiest airport in the country after Jakarta, Denpasar and Surabaya. The port city of Medan, the regional capital of North Sumatra, is the tourist gateway to Lake Toba, the world's largest volcanic lake, Gunung Leuser National Park and the Sumatran Orang Utan Conservatory at Bukit Lawang. The airport, which will accommodate wide-bodied aircraft, is built to serve nine million passengers in its first phase. An airport train line will carry passengers to and from Medan 15 times per day. The first set of trains and equipment is due to arrive in early August. This will be the first airport train in Indonesia. Medan is serviced by a numerous domestic air carriers and receives international flights from Silk Air and Valu Air flying from Singapore, while Kuala Lumpur and Penang are served by Air Asia, Malaysian Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, Lion Air, Firefly, Mandala Airlines-Tiger Airways and Srivijaya Air flights.
Air Asia Indonesia also flies to Medan from Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Hong Kong.
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
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