|View outside gate at Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International Airport|
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No longer just a promise, there is news today that construction has begun on a rail link that will connect Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK) with both East Jakarta Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport (HLP) and the city centre.
The new express train will reduce the travel time between the two airports from 1 to 3 hours by taxi, to just 30 minutes. This will help facilitate the transfer of more domestic airlines from the over-capacity Soekarno-Hatta Airport to Halim Perdanakusuma Airport in East Jakarta. Construction on the Soekarno-Hatta Airport train terminal has commenced.
Several new train stations will be built to serve the Greater Jakarta area. According to Muhammad Fadhila, KAI Railink's president director, in the Jakarta Post, new station locations are planned in Batu Ceper, Tangerang, and adjacent to the existing Sudirman station in Jakarta city centre.
IHateTaxis has heard of completion dates in both 2016 and 2017, so we'll have to wait and see, but this new Jakarta airport train service will be welcome, whenever it arrives!
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