JAKARTA: Private airline Lion Air announced Thursday that it is increasing the frequency of its Jakarta-Jeddah flights from twice to five times weekly starting Sunday.
Previously Lion Air flights to Jeddah were on Tuesday and Thursday but the airline will now be flying on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday so long as justified by passenger demand.
Lion Air claims its Jakarta-Jeddah route has a load factor of about 80 percent which led to these extra flights.
Flight JT 110 departs around noon local time from the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Cengkareng and arrives at the King Abdul Aziz Airport in Jeddah at 5:40 p.m. local time, Lion Air said in a statement.
The returning flight JT 111 leaves Jeddah at 7:40 p.m. local time and arrives in Cengkareng at 9:10 a.m. the following day, local time.
Lion Air said arriving passengers have the option to connect with more than 30 domestic routes to return to their hometowns.
Lion Air is using two Boeing 747-400s for the Jeddah route with 22 business-class seats and 484 economy-class seats. - JP