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With few direct flights, Sumatra travelers take the long way round

  • Riza Roidila Mufti

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, March 12, 2019   /  07:12 am
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For people living in Sumatra, traveling by plane within the island can be a hassle. For an island as big as Sumatra, air connectivity remains considerably poor, with very few flights directly connecting even large cities. Meanwhile, when it comes to other modes of transportation, roads are the main travel option as the island’s railway system is not yet fully developed. For instance, there are four direct flights connecting Lampung to other big cities in Sumatra. However, Sumatra native Suci Fadhilah, who was born and raised in that city, only knew two of them. “From Lampung, most likely, flights need to [transit] in Jakarta. So far, [for me] the only direct flight available [from Lampung] is to Palembang [South Sumatra] and Jambi,” Suci said. People who want to travel from Padang, West Sumatra, to Lampung can either choose to transit at Jakarta’s Soek...