The Jakarta Post
State railway operator Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) regional office (Daop) 3 Cirebon is currently offering train tickets for the year-end holiday.
“We have made tickets available for those who want to travel during the Christmas and New Year holidays,” said Luqman Arif, KAI Daop 3 Cirebon public relations manager, on Wednesday.
Antaranews.com reported that the tickets were available for various destinations and could be purchased via the company’s official website kai.id, mobile application KAI Access or authorized sellers.
KAI Daop 3 Cirebon is currently operating two trains, KA Ranggajati and KA Kaligun. The former connects Cirebon and Jember, East Java, while the latter connects Cirebon and Semarang, Central Java.
However, Luqman explained that passengers departing from Cirebon could also go to other destinations, as there were other trains passing and stopping at the station, including KA Argo Anggrek serving the Gambir, Central Jakarta and Surabaya, East Java route; KA Taksaka, serving the Yogyakarta and Gambir route, and more.
Luqman also mentioned that KAI Daop 3 Cirebon was currently offering tickets for regular trains. However, the company plans to add more schedules if all the tickets are sold out.
Regarding health protocols, Luqman assured that the company had been complying with the health and safety protocols at stations and on trains.
Safety measures include limiting train capacity to 70 percent for each journey to allow passengers keep a safe distance from each other.
KAI has resumed operations for 14 long-distance and 23 local passenger trains after shutting down services for two months over fear of COVID-19 transmission.
The operator had originally halted services in April and following the government’s ban on the Idul Fitri mudik (exodus) in May, but gave exemptions for certain travelers.
As a result of decreasing travel demand due to COVID-19, KAI reportedly suffered a Rp 2.4 trillion (US$163.6 million) loss between January and September, a drastic drop from the Rp 1.5 trillion in profit it booked in the same period last year.
Its revenue also fell 31.4 percent year-on-year (yoy) to Rp 12.2 trillion as of September, KAI’s financial report submitted to the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) website shows. According to the financial report, the ongoing health crisis has created uncertainties that continue to affect the company.
However, KAI spokesperson Joni Martinus told The Jakarta Post on Oct. 28 that there were signs of improvement in the company’s passenger numbers and the logistics services in the third quarter. (jes)
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