Lion Air puts aircraft delivery on hold this year
The Jakarta Post
The country's biggest low-cost carrier, Lion Air, has put a halt on the delivery of new aircraft this year, due to internal improvements within the company.
"We are trying to fix everything [this year], human resources, safety, service and security," Lion Air operational director Daniel Putut said on Friday.
He said the airline would optimize its existing routes and aircraft this year. "This year, the number of routes and frequency will be stagnant," he said.
Last year, the airline claimed a 26 percent surge in passengers, higher than the targeted 10 percent passenger growth, although Daniel refused to reveal the exact numbers.
The airline operates 1,235 flights a day to 85 cities across the country. It operates 113 aircraft, with an estimated 500 more waiting to be delivered.
Lion Air founder Rusdi Kirana previously said the airline welcomed an average of 30 to 40 new aircraft per year. Lion Air has had a long string of mismanagement and incidents over the years, including mistakenly dropping off international passengers at a domestic terminal last year. (ags)
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