BANDUNG, NETRALNEWS.COM - PT Bandara Internasional Jawa Barat (BIJB) and PT Railink sign memorandum of understanding for intermodal transportation cooperation in Kertajati International Airport of Majalengka, West Java.
President Director of BIJB Virda Dimas Ekaputra said that the management also signed MoU for collaboration in ground-handling and warehousing at Kertajati Airport with PT Gapura Angkasa.
“MoU was signed (Tuesday, 1/24) last night and this is BJIB’s attempt to increase a number of strategic partners managing Kertajati Airport of Majalengka,” Virda said as cited by Antara.
In Kertajati Airport’s master plan, there is multimodal terminal development plan with railway airport track. MoU signing, Virda continued, is an initial form for exploring the collaboration and it is expected that for years to come BIJB and Railink could together manage Kertajati Airport’s multimodal terminal, including airport railway.
“Aside from operating multimodal terminal, Railink will also operate airport train. This MoU is form of exploring future cooperation so that there is railway service to airport,” Virda added.
Railink has experienced in operating airport railway, i.e., Kualanamu Airport, Medan and next Soekarno-Hatta Airport. Via the MoU, Virda said, both parties in the next semester will discuss technical detail in realizing the airport train.
“Meanwhile, for ground handling and cargo warehousing in Kertajati Airport, BIJB needs partner which has experienced in the field, hence the cooperation with Gapura Angkasa is explored and this MoU is an initial step for the cooperation exploration,” Virda said again.
There will be partnership in operating ground-handling and cargo warehousing in Kertajati Airport.
“Gapura Angkasa is a subsidiary of AP II [Angkasa Pura II] which already has many airlines partners and experienced in operating ground handling and cargo warehousing,” Virda explained.
Railink’s President Director Heru Kuswanto said the company which is subsidiary of PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) and PT Angkasa Pura II becomes Indonesia’s first airport railway operator at Kualanamu Airport.
“Now we have been operational in Kualanamu, Medan and later will serve various big cities in Indonesia, train of Soekarno-Hatta Airport is our closest project,” Heru said.
He said Railink is present as alternate transportation for the society from and to airport and collaboration with BIJB is materialization to provide services to the society. In addition, business-wise, BIJB is quite potential market in the future. (*)