The Jakarta Post
Ganug Nugroho Adi
The number of Idul Fitri homebound travelers arriving at Tirtonadi Terminal in Surakarta, Central Java, shows a declining trend compared with the holiday’s exodus last year. It is believed a long holiday, during which school breaks and Idul Fitri holidays have taken place in a row, may have triggered such a trend.
Tirtonadi Terminal head Eko Agus Susanto said it was predicted this year’s Idul Fitri exodus would peak on Thursday and Friday. However, the arrival of homebound travelers at Tirtonadi Terminal showed a declining trend seven days before Idul Fitri on Sunday.
“It is lower compared to the flow of passengers during last year’s holiday season,” said Eko on Thursday.
He said a long school holiday had contributed to the decline. Children had entered their school break in the middle of Ramadhan so they could take their Idul Fitri holiday with their parents in their hometowns earlier.
“There is a significant decline compared to last year’s Idul Fitri, during which the number of passengers had continued to increase one week before the festivity,” said Eko.
The number of passengers arriving at Tirtonadi Terminal seven days before Idul Fitri reached 18,154, lower than last year's figure of 20,508,.
Five days before Idul Fitri, the number of arriving passengers jumped to 25,303, but it was still lower than last year, which reached 25,702. The figure was even down drastically four days before Idul Fitri, in which only 6,582 passengers arrived at Tirtonadi Terminal, while last year, the total reached 28,260 people. (ebf)