The Kualanamu International Airport (airport code: KNO) is a new airport located in Deli Serdang District, 1 hour from downtown Medan. The built-in passenger terminal is approximately 6.5 hectares (0.25 sq mi) in size, with 3.5 hectares of commercial area and 1.3 hectares of cargo facilities. It has a rail service to and from Medan, which is operated by PT Railink.
KNO is the second largest airport (after Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta) and the fourth busiest (after Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta, Juanda Surabaya, and Denpasar Ngurah Rai) in Indonesia. The airport opened to the public on July 25, 2013, handling all flights and services shifted from Polonia International Airport in Medan. It is also the fourth airport in Indonesia to be capable of welcoming Airbus A380, i.e. after those in Surabaya, Jakarta, and Batam. It can also welcome Antonov An-225, Boeing 747-8, and other wide-body jet airliners.
What to Expect
KNO is a modern airport. It provides cafes, restaurants, hotels, mini markets, and money changers. Some taxis and buses can take you to Medan and other cities in North Sumatra. You can also use the railway to get to Medan quickly and comfortably. Ticket price for KNO-Medan train is Rp 150,000 (US$ 12). The train commuting frequency is approximately 20 times per direction daily.