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Recent crash unlikely to affect air travel demand, experts say

  • Eisya A. Eloksari

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, January 15, 2021   /  05:40 pm
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Travelers walk toward a checkpoint prior to boarding their planes at Terminal 3 at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, on Dec. 23, 2020.(Antara/Muhammad Iqbal)

The recent deadly crash of Sriwijaya Air flight SJ182 is not likely to significantly impact the demand for air transport, which is supported by the government’s recent initiative to allow more passengers on board, experts have stated. “I think there will be some people who are taken aback by the incident and cancel their trip, but the majority of people will not be affected,” aviation observer Arista Atmadjati told the Jakarta Post in an interview on Tuesday. The first quarter of the year is typically a low season for airlines, which is expected to last until the first two weeks of Ramadan, which will fall in April. Afterward, travel demand is forecast to slowly rebound to pre-COVID levels, he said. Similarly, aviation observer Gerry Soejatman said that as long as the government, and especially Sriwijaya Air, could manage crisis communication effectiv...