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Thursday, 20 June 2019

With the number of airline passengers expected to increase surrounding the Islamic holiday of Idul Fitri at the end of July, five airlines have requested a permit to provide extra flights for the annual exodus.

Transportation Ministry director for air transportation Djoko Murjatmodjo confirmed on Wednesday that the airlines had submitted their proposals.

National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, low-cost carriers Indonesia AirAsia and Lion Air, Sriwijaya Air and its subsidiary NAM Air have together requested 62 extra flights for 28 routes to serve travelers in the days before and after Idul Fitri.

"We estimate that there will be 62 additional flights per day for 16 days during the holiday to cater to surging demand," Djoko said at a discussion.

He said that with increased frequency, the airlines would provide an additional 10 percent in passenger capacity, increasing total loads to 55,000 passengers per day.

The country's third-largest carrier, Sriwijaya Air, said in a written statement that the airline would provide 28,750 additional seats during the holiday between July 24 to Aug. 4 for 15 routes it serves.

The routes include Jakarta–Kuala Namu (North Sumatra), which will be increased from two flights to three flights per day, Jakarta–Padang (West Sumatra) from two flights to four flights per day and Jakarta–Tanjung Pandan (Bangka Belitung) from four flights to six flights per day.

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