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Kertajati struggles as Citilink closes routes because of low use

  • Riza Roidila Mufti¬†

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, July 30, 2019   /  12:52 pm
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Facility inspection: An official inspects the Kertajati International Airport in Majalengka, West Java. The airport expects to serve 2.4 million passengers annually.(The Jakarta Post/Arya Dipa )

    Kertajati International Airport in Majalengka, West Java, is still struggling to attract passengers as the government works to improve road access to the newly inaugurated airport. The small number of passengers at the airport has forced Garuda Indonesia’s subsidiary, the low-cost carrier (LCC) Citilink Indonesia, to close three routes less than a month after opening them. The airline said it had to close the routes to Denpasar, Bali, Palembang, South Sumatra and Medan, North Sumatra after realizing the seat occupancy rate had not met targets. The closure of the routes, which was called "temporary", took effect on July 26.  “The route closures were undertaken after an evaluation we carried out showed that because of the low season the seat load factor on certain routes was low,” Citilink Indonesia vice president corporate s...