Lion Air won’t fly Boeing
737-900 ERs to Pekanbaru

Lion Air will adhere to the Transportation Ministry’s decision barring all Boeing 737-900 ER planes from landing at Sultan Syarif Kasim II Airport in Pekanbaru, Riau.

The decision was made following slippery conditions at the airport that caused two Lion Air Boeing 737-900 ER planes to skid on the runway on Monday and Tuesday.

“We are waiting for the formal letter from the Transportation Ministry, but we will obey,” PT Lion Mentari Airlines general director Edward Sirait said.

He said the prohibition was temporary and subject to change.

Lion Air operates all 48 Boeing 737-900 ER planes in Indonesia.

Edward said the airline would employ a smaller Boeing 737-400 for all flights to Pekanbaru during the prohibition period.

“We will also increase the flight frequency to Pekanbaru, from 3 to 4 flights back and forth,” he said, as reported by tempointeraktif.com.

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