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Jakarta Post

Airline passengers to increase by 15%

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, November 12 2011   /  11:42 am

The Transportation Ministry has forecast that the number of airline passengers will increase by 15 percent next year, spurred by robust economic growth, new carriers and expansion of existing operators.

“There are 60 million passengers as of today and we predict a 15 percent increase next year on higher economic growth,” said the ministry’s air transportation director general Herry Bhakti Gumay on Friday.

Herry was upbeat that the economic slowdown in Europe and in the US would not impact Indonesia because most of the airline passengers were domestic travelers.

Aside from the robust economy, the increase in passengers next year, according to Herry, would also be triggered by the arrival of new players and expansion plans by the existing operators.

Among them is Pacific Royale, a full service airline that obtained a flight business permit from the ministr...