Eid al-Fitr, Air Travelers Estimated to Reach 4.2 Million

Eko Nordiansyah    •    Rabu, 20 May 2015 17:22 WIB
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Eid al-Fitr, Air Travelers Estimated to Reach 4.2 Million
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Metrotvnews.com, Jakarta: Director General of Air Transportation in the Transportation Ministry, Suprasetyo estimated the number of this year's holiday travelers utilizing airplanes during Eid al-Fitr is to reach 4.2 million people.

"(The estimated) increase is around 2.8 percent of last year's passengers, not much," he said at the ministry's office in Medan Merdeka Barat No. 8, Gambir, Central Jakarta, Tuesday (5/19/2015).

He added that the number of aircrafts prepared for this year is at around 400 units, with 50 units of ready-to-use reserve planes. Meanwhile, the airlines have prepared additional flights in several Indonesian major cities.

"For preparation, the airlines have set up extra flights, such as in Solo, Semarang, Jogjakarta, Medan, Padang, Denpasar, Pangkal Pinang and Surabaya. At least in 25 Angkasa Pura (AP) airports," he continued.

Currently, Directorate General of Air Transportation's inspection to several airlines and airports are still being conducted. "Routine checks have always been conducted. For Eid Fitr, usually on the second week of fasting month. Now, the routine check for airlines and airports," he explained.

Suprasetyo said his party is now conducting the examinations of airports audits. Aside from that, he had also asked airport managements to repair the security quality, including their personnel's readiness.

"We have done security audits, reports have been received that they are improving it, especially on large airports. We gave them a maximum time - if not mistaken - of May 25 to complete security details," he concluded. (Eps)


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