More Extra Flights to meet Indonesia’s high Year End holiday travel Demand

Saturday, 22 December 2012 | 1465

Six national and international airlines have this year asked for 5,800 extra seats daily to meet the high demand for Indonesia’s holiday travel over this Christmas and New Year season, said Djoko Murjatmodjo, Air Transport Director of the Ministry of Transportation. Highest request came from Malaysian Airlines asking for an additional 1,440 seats , followed by Singapore Airlines with 1,152 extra seats. Other airlines are Silk Air, Cilitink, Garuda Indonesia and Indonesia Air Asia.

No extra flights have been requested by airlines on domestic routes since many have just received a number of new aircrafts and are opening new routes, or are replacing smaller aircrafts with larger capacity planes.

Airlines who have announced available extra seats on domestic routes are Garuda Indonesia, Lion Air and sister company Wings Air, and Sriwijaya Air. Garuda Indonesia announced that the airline will add 10,600 seats during the year-end holilday season by replacing its B 747-400 aircrafts with B 737-800 NG planes. These are to be operated on the Jakarta-Bali and Jakarta-Singapore routes. Garuda will add 10,500 seats this year, an increase of 10% compared to 2011 year end holiday season. Extra capacity will be added on flights starting 20 December 2012 to 4 January 2013.    

Meanwhile, Lion Air has confirmed that the airline will add 30,000 seats, a significant jump from the number of extra seats made available last year of 18,000 units.  Additional capacity flights will be on eight routes namely from Jakarta to Bali, Medan, Manado, Ambon, Yogyakarta, Solo, Semarang and Surabaya, in addition to those departing from Surabaya to Bali, Balikpapan, Banjarmasin, Makassar and Kupang.

Extra capacity will be added on flights from 20 December 2012 to 10 January 2013.

At the same time, Sriwijaya Air Senior PR Manager, Agus Soedjono, said that the airline will add 11,000 seats on several routes from 17 December 2012 to 5 January 2013. These are on the Jakarta-Bali, Jakarta-Singapore, Makassar-Tarakan (East Kalimantan) and Semarang-Pontianak (West Kalimantan) routes.

Taking advantage of peak season demand at the end of the year, Citilink on its part is opening 4 new routes, said VP Marketing and Communications, Aristo Krstandyo. These are Jakarta-Bali, Bali-Balikpapan , Jakarta-Makassar and Makassar-Balikpapan. While, early 2013 Citilink will add to its network the Yogyakarta-Palembang (South Sumatra), and the Palembang-Pekanbaru (Riau) routes.

In 2012 Citilink aims to carry a total of 4 million passengers i with total revenue of Rp 2 trillion. Next year the airline targets to carry 7.2 million passengers, receiving an income of Rp. 3.6 trillion.

To service its passengers further, Citilink has signed an agreement with to facilitate online hotel bookings for the airline’s passengers.

(Source: Bisnis Indonesia).

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