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Lion Air Group to resume domestic flights on Wednesday

  • Mardika Parama

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, June 9, 2020   /   06:34 pm
Lion Air Group to resume domestic flights on Wednesday Lion Air staff wearing protective gear prepare to sterilize aircraft at Terminal 1 of Soekarno Hatta International Airport, Tangerang, Banten, on March 17. (Antara/Fauzan)

Lion Air Group will resume domestic flights on Wednesday with health protocols in place after a temporary flight suspension this month, a company representative has said.

The company decided to restart its operations after the COVID-19 task force issued circular letter No. 7/2020 on the requirements for travel during the so-called “new normal” period, as the government looks to gradually relax restrictions and reopen businesses under health protocols.

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“Member companies of the Lion Air Group are planning to resume domestic flights on June 10, following the issuance of the circular letter. The new regulation has simplified the requirements for passengers to travel,” company spokesperson Danang Mandala Prihantoro said on Monday in a press release.

According to the new regulation, passengers only need to provide a letter proving the negative result of a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test or COVID-19 rapid test to travel. Rapid test result documents are valid for three days after the test is taken, while PCR tests are valid for seven days.

In areas with no testing facilities available, passengers can present health certificates showing they are free from influenza-like symptoms issued by a hospital or community health center (Puskesmas), the letter states.

Lion Air Group previously suspended all of its flights on June 5, as many passengers failed to provide the mandatory documents required for boarding, including identity cards, a doctor’s letter declaring them to be free of COVID-19 and an official letter of duty assignment.

Danang reminded passengers to still adhere to health protocols such as using masks before the flight, during the boarding process and until they leave the airport, as well as maintaining physical distancing in the airport. They will also still be required to show their ID upon boarding.

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“Lion Air will continue to implement health protocols during our operations to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” Danang said.

In May, the Transportation Ministry suspended a flight operated by Lion Air Group full-service subsidiary Batik Air on the Jakarta-Denpasar, Bali, route as the airline was found to have violated the physical-distancing policy in its operation.

The flight in question was more than half full, thus exceeding the maximum capacity allowed by government regulation.