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Jakarta Post

A much better ‘mudik’ experience

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, June 13 2018   /  02:02 am

Plane to see: Planes prepare to take off and land at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali. The airport will serve 724 extra flights for this year’s holiday season. (JP/Zul Trio Anggono)The most precious time of the year for Muslims in Indonesia is when celebrations for Idul Fitri take place.During mudik (exodus) ahead of the Islamic festivities, Indonesians use all types of transportation available to return to their hometowns and gather with their families and loved ones.Many improvements in transportation were made for this year’s mudik after all stakeholders — from the government and authorities to the public — learned from mistakes in the previous exodus.Traffic jam and accident rates are lower this year due to improvements in road infrastructure and highway access.Nevertheless, the authorities remain on high alert as they look to ensure safety. A string of terror...