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Jakarta Post

Travelers storm train stations for Chinese New Year holiday

  • Farida Susanty

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 27, 2017   /  05:07 pm
Travelers storm train stations for Chinese New Year holiday Economy ride: Passengers line up to buy train ticket at Pasar Senen station in Central Jakarta. (ANTARA FOTO/Reno Esnir)

State railway operator Kereta Api Indonesia’s (KAI) Jakarta division has revealed that most train tickets for trips connecting major destinations had sold out for the Chinese New Year weekend, between Jan. 27 and Jan. 30, despite additional trains being rolled out.

KAI Jakarta spokesperson Sapto Hartoyo said the company provided 33,560 seats daily to various routes during the Chinese New Year weekend, including 4,500 seats on additional trains.

“Among the favorite cities for travelers from Jakarta are Bandung, Yogyakarta, Surabaya and Cirebon,” he said on Friday.

This year's Chinese New Year falls on Saturday.

(Read also: Chinese-Indonesians spend Rp 10 million on average for Lunar New Year: Survey)

The company revealed that for Friday, train tickets from Jakarta’s Gambir and Pasar Senen stations heading to Surabaya and Malang in East Java and to Surakarta and Cilacap in Central Java and Yogyakarta were all sold out.

On Saturday, most morning trips to similar destinations were also sold out. (hwa)

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