Fire Causes Delay at Polonia Airport

Fire Causes Delay at Polonia Airport

Writer, Arry Raymond

Flights were resumed at Polonia Airport, Medan on Sunday (12/01) after a fire broke out in the domestic terminal on late Saturday and leading disruption at offices of the airport’s operator PT Angkasa Pura, check-in and in baggage handling.

One firefighter injuries were reported and the fire was extinguished after 3 hours, according to the report.

The cause of the fire, was believed to be a short circuit on the domestic terminal’s second floor, the forensic teams still investigating, North Sumatra police chief Maj.-Gen. Nurudin Usman said.

It was the second time the airport was forced to delay flights because of a fire. First time it happened in March 2006, at that time fire destroyed the international terminal.

Yuli Sudoso, the Chief administrator of Polonia Airport said the main domestic terminal was closed and tents were set up for check-in and boarding, crews were working to process passengers manually and get them on board of the planes which running from the international terminal and a nearby air force base.

Polonia Airport is located in Indonesia’s third-largest city, Medan, North  Sumatra. It was ranked by BPS-State Statistic Agency as Indonesia’s busiest airport in 2006 in terms of both passengers and flights and has been criticized in the past for reportedly operating far beyond its capacity.

A new airport, Named Kuala Namu located 40 km from Medan is being built to replace Polonia in 2009.  The airport will be Indonesia’s second largest after Jakarta and have capacity of 50 million passengers.

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