Holidays begin as Soekarno-Hatta reports surge in passengers
The Jakarta Post
Holidaymakers have started flying out of the capital ahead of the Christmas and New Year celebrations with Soekarno-Hatta International Airport reporting a significant increase in passengers on Saturday.
Transportation Ministry Director General for Air Transportation Agus Santoso said the number of passengers at the airport rose by 15 percent to 221,652 as of Saturday, as compared to the corresponding period of 192,373 last year. Travelers are mostly heading to the major destinations, such as Bali and Makassar in South Sulawesi.
Agus said tourists departing for Bali rose by 29 percent, without detailing the exact figures.
"This is surprising. It means that they are not deterred by the current situation relating to [the eruption] of Mount Agung in Bali," he said, as quoted by wartakota.tribunnews.com.
Agus added that the ministry had prepared extra flights to anticipate more spikes in passenger numbers. (rdi/dmr)
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