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Jakarta Post

Lion rules market share despite pilot cases

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, March 5 2012   /  09:04 am

Despite several cases of alleged narcotics use by its pilots, privately owned airline Lion Air was able to grab the largest market share of airline passengers throughout 2011.

Based on recent Transportation Ministry data, Lion Air’s domestic passengers reached 24.97 million, or equal to 41.59 percent of the total domestic market, while its inter-national passengers totaled 961,800, taking 11.8 percent of the international market for Indonesian airlines.

A Lion Air pilot was arrested last month in his hotel room in Surabaya, East Java, with 0.04 grams of crystal meth in his possession. He allegedly tested positive to the drug in a urine test. The Transportation Ministry has revoked Syaiful’s pilot’s license. The arrest followed another arrest of a Lion Air pilot in Makassar, South Sulawesi in January and a cabin crew member in April last year, both for the possesion of...