Angkasa Pura II partnered up with Incheon Corp
Kuala Namu will win over Malaysia and Singapore markets
PT Angkasa Pura II (Limited) has invited Incheon International Airport Corporation of Incheon Airport in South Korea, to develop Kuala Namu Airport, Deli Serdang, North Sumatra. The international air transit terminal is scheduled for operation in 2013.
According to Angkasa Pura II CEO, Tri Sunoko, the company chose Incheon Corporation because Korea's airport had been named best in the world for seven consecutive years. Angkasa Pura II, he said, dreamed of being a world-class company. "The cooperation is entering the consultation phase," he added after signing the MoU yesterday.
Incheon Corporation will provide technical support to Angkasa Pura II. This includes airport construction and operation, management, marketing, strategy, and education and training. Both companies will conduct joint marketing activities, personnel exchange programs and comparative studies. The Incheon-Kuala Namu sister airport agreement will continue for three years and can be extended based on a mutual agreement.
Tri said that the Kuala Namu international transit airport would be able to outperform Singapore's Changi Airport. Passengers from Kuala Namu also have the option of transiting at Incheon before flying to the next destination. "To achieve this, we need government assistance on permits and land acquisitions," he said.
President of Incheon Corporation C.W. Lee said his company was interested in taking part in the development of Kuala Namu Airport, considering its strategic position. He also saw similarities between Incheon and Medan. Incheon, Lee said, was flanked by China and Japan, while Medan was near Malaysia and Singapore. "Once it's up and running, Kuala Namu can win over the Kuala Lumpur or Singapore airport markets," he said.
Kuala Namu Airport is being prepared to replace the Medan Polonia Airport, which is experiencing an overload. Polonia Airport, which has a capacity of 900,000 people, must serve 7.1 million passengers every year. While Kuala Namu Airport, which will occupy an area of 1,365 hectares, will be able to serve 8.1 million passengers per year. Phase I, building the air terminal, will cost Rp3.6 trillion.
The new airport passenger will include a passenger terminal area of 86,000 square meters, two parallel runways, and an apron area of 30 hectares with a capacity of 33 aircraft. In addition to facilities for passengers, Kuala Namu Airport will have a cargo terminal covering an area of 13,000 square meters, which can accommodate three planes, or 65,000 tons of goods per year.
The airport will be equipped with 10 entrance gates, a 1,400-car parking space, and will be supported by toll roads and train lines.
By Maria Yuniar, Fery Firmansyah
No. 45/12, July 03, 2012
Angkasa Pura II Commissioner Herman Prayitno (left) conversing with Incheon International Airport Corporation (IIAC) CEO CW Lee before signing the MoU between Angkasa Pura II and IIAC in Jakarta.