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Jakarta Post

Charter flights soar in popularity

Jakarta   /   Thu, February 21 2008   /  12:09 pm

Halim Perdanakusuma airport was busier than usual after the death of Indonesia's second president with Pelita Air, Transwisata, Indonesia Air Transport and other charter flight providers plying the route back and forth to Surakarta, Central Java, where Soeharto was buried. Small and medium-sized planes ferried family members, diplomats and those simply wishing to pay last respects to the former president. Charter flight operators have traditionally served mining and other mineral companies. But booking air charters for personal use, as the Soeharto family did, is nothing new, especially for wealthy families, business society and political figures. "Not many charter flight operators focus their business on spot charters," Rudiana Syamsuddin, chairman at the Indonesia Air Charter Association (IACA), told The Jakarta Post over the weekend. "Most of u...