Few Things You Need to Know About The New Yogyakarta International Airport (YIA)

According to the news, the new Yogyakarta International Airport will be operating in late April 2019. For the first phase, some airlines like Garuda Indonesia, Air Asia Indonesia, and Silk Air will have their inaugural flights.

I will not talk about the controversies, but one thing for sure: there will be a new airport to support the ‘current’ airport that is too small to handle millions of passengers per year.

Location

New Yogyakarta International Airport is located in Kulon Progo Regency. Yes, it’s still in Yogyakarta Special Region. See map below. “So, is near the city center?”, “Is it far from Adisutjipto International airport?”, you may be asking.

I personally haven’t visited this ‘new’ airport. As a citizen who lives not far from city center, — I define Malioboro area as the city center here — New Yogyakarta International Airport is quite far.

In a very normal traffic, I can reach Malioboro area for about 25-30 minutes by car. Referring to Google Maps, the distance between Adisutjipto Airport and Malioboro area (I use Tugu Monument as the point of reference) is around 9-10km.

Leaving for your destination from Adisutjipto should not be difficult also as you can find taxies easily. Or, you can use ride sharing transportation like Go-Jek Indonesia or Grab. If your destination is also available using Trans Jogja bus, it might be a solution also. Even, if you need go to directly to Solo city for example, the train station is just outside the arrival area.

Compared to the above route, the distance from the ‘new’ airport is ‘only’ around 48km (I pick the ‘shortest’ route provided by Google Maps).

How far is the New Yogyakarta International Airport?

If you could not figure out yet how far is the new airport, let’s see some other contexts for comparisons. We will use the distance between Yogyakarta Tugu Monument as the starting point and Google Maps to measure the distance.

So, distance from Yogyakarta Tugu Monument to:

How to get there?

I think Damri as the bus operator will server the route to the new airport, and the train from PT KAI as well. But, I think it will take a little bit time. Renting a car might be little expensive. Taking Go-Car from Go-Jek or Grab is a reasonable option. Conventional metered-taxi, probably. It will cost more, I suppose. I checked the fare for Go-Car and Grab, it is around IDR 180,000-200,000.

TransJogja (unofficial) site

This month, a new mass transportation system started to operate in Jogjakarta. It’s Trans Jogja. When I heard the news, I tried to get as much information as possible. But, I was unlucky. There were less information available (on the internet). Even when I checked the local goverment’s official website… I could not find any useful information.
When there was a tryout period, it was hard to find the brochures, or any information kit. From this situation, my friend (Yan Arief) and I got an idea to build a site to provide information about Trans Jogja. Hopefully, this site can be an alternative information for people in Jogjakarta and all other people who want to find information from the internet. Here we go… the unofficial site of Trans Jogja, located at http://transjogja.net/
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When I was about to start building this site, I decided to use WordPress. But, later… I changed my mind, I switched to Drupal. After struggling with this platform — I almost forgot last time I used Drupal — this site was silently launched. So far, we have positive feedbacks. For the last update, I would like to thank to Suara Transjakarta for the inspiration. :)