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Jakarta Post

Palembang evening flights reduced, Mimika starts up

  • Khairul Saleh and Markus Makur

    The Jakarta Post

Palembang, Timika   /   Wed, September 3 2008   /  10:47 am

Two airlines have temporarily reduced flights linking the South Sumatra capital of Palembang with Jakarta due to low demand. Meanwhile Mimika regency, Papua, is poised to start its own airline, Mimika Air, to meet demand for remote rural areas. Flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has dropped its 8:40 p.m. GA 122 flight linking Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II Airport, Palembang, with Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, while private Sriwijaya Airlines canceled its 7:15 p.m. SJ 082 flight on the same route. Supervisor of apron movement control at Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II Airport, Dausi Gandawanto, said both airlines used Boeing 737s. "It seems that the fall in passengers has prompted two airlines to reduce flight schedules," he said. Head of the Palembang branch of state airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II, Resmi Wandi, said he had yet to hear about this....