On Thursday, 27 March 2014, Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono officially inaugurated the brand new Kualanamu Airport of Medan, capital city of North Sumatra which replaced the old Polonia Airport, nearer the city. Kualanamu, located some 38 km from Medan has been operational since 25 July 2013.
Medan is Sumatra’s largest business city and gateway to magnificent Lake Toba and other tourist attractions like Berastagi and Nias. The new airport is planned to become a domestic and international hub for flights in the region. Already today Garuda Indonesia, Indonesia Air Asia, Lion Air, Srivijaya Air and others have made Kualanamu one of their main hubs.
Kualanamu airport is today touted as the best airport in Indonesia, and is built to receive 8 million passengers per year. It has the latest Integrated baggage handling system (IBHSS) which places priority to safety and security. Kualanamu is also the first Indonesian airport to be connectedby rail direct from Medan.
It has a 3,750 x 60 m runway capable of receiving wide body aircraft including Airbus A380. It has space for 33 aircrafts and has a large parking bay for buses and private cars.
Other new airports and renovation and extensions projects inaugurated at the same time by the President are: the city of Jambi’s Muara Bungo airport, West Lampung Pekon Serai Airport,Palembang’s Pagar Alam airport, Pekanbaru’s Sultan Syarif Kasin II, and Tanjung Pinang on Bintan’ Raja Haji Fisabilillah airport.
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