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Jakarta Post

Holiday season: Which transportation mode is most favored by travelers?

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, December 10, 2019   /  03:18 pm
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People are seen at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, ahead of the Christmas and New Year holidays in this 2017 photo.(JP/Ben Latuihamallo)

Air travel during the end-of-year holiday season is expected to decline as holidaymakers opt for land-based transportation as a result of new toll roads, more scheduled train services and higher airfares, according to the Transportation Ministry. “Air travel already declined during last year’s [Christmas exodus]. This year, the number of journeys is predicted to shrink by around 8 percent. That’s because 70 percent of holidaymakers travel on Java Island, and the transportation infrastructure is improving there. Maybe people have shifted their preference from air to land-based transportation,” said the ministry's air transportation director general, Polana B. Pramesti, during a public discussion on Monday. “Nationally, the seat capacity for the Christmas holidays between Dec. 14 and Jan. 6, 2020, is around 8.9 million seats for both domestic and int...