INFO Kuala Namu International Airport
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|Kuala Namu International Airport|
Bandar Udara Internasional Kuala Namu
Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa
|IATA: MES – ICAO: WIMM|
|Owner||Government of Indonesia|
|Operator||PT Angkasa Pura II|
Kuala Namu International Airport (KNIA) is a new airport under construction to replace Polonia International Airport. It is located in Kuala Namu, Beringin District, Deli Serdang Regency, former plantation PT. Perkebunan Nusantara II Tanjung Morawa. The airport is expected to become new international transit center in Sumatra and the western part of Indonesia.
The airport will be Indonesia's second largest, after Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, with 65,000 square-meter passenger terminal and will eventually have a capacity of 50 million passengers, a figure if realised today would place the airport in the top 10 busiest by passenger numbers in the world, although by the time this figure is achieved it is likely that there will be many airports carrying more passengers.
It has been predicted all of the land will be cleared before end of 2012 when 'shadow operation' begins. It will have a 3,750 meter runway, 80-meter-wide runway, 53 aprons and will be equipped to accommodate wide-body aircraft, including the Airbus A380, and it will serve the city of Medan on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia. The other problems are runway construction which has schedule to finish 18 months after the project started on January 2011, infrastructure building and power generator installment. The airport will cost at least 9.4 trillion Rupiah to build, or approximately US$973 million, using the August 2007 exchange rate.
Construction was previously promised in 1992 following previous crashes and safety concerns, but construction was shelved following the Asian monetary crisis. The airport is located 20 km North East of Polonia airport, 3 km from the sea, and on a site of area 6.5 x 2.1 km. Phase 1 (2010) of the new airport plans for a capacity to serve 9 million passengers annually and predicted to operate the airport by the end of 2012. By Phase 2 (2025), the airport would be servicing 14 million passengers, 4.5 million international, and 2.63 million international transit passengers.
Airside facilities would be controlled by the Indonesian government, while landside facilities would be owned by a joint venture with PT Angkasa Pura II, which is expected to provide $350 million as an initial investment in return for a 30-year lease, after which ownership would revert to PT Angkasa Pura II. The airport will be linked to the city of Medan by a $215 million railway project.
The airport will be the first in Indonesia with a publicly accessible check-in area (current Indonesian airports restrict access to ticket holders with security at the gate). This means a much larger and more spacious check-in area than the existing airport. The airport is being designed by Wiratman & Associates, who also designed several other new airports and office buildings in Indonesia. Computer renderings showing a T-shape design are on the company's website. Another rendering and master plan can be found in Angkasa Pura II website. Also a visualization of the future airport video.