The Jakarta Post
The departure hall of Sultan Syarif Kasim II Airport in Pekanbaru, Riau. (Wikimedia Commons/Ramzy Muliawan)
The high prices of flight tickets and baggage fees reportedly caused the cancellation of 730 flights at Sultan Syarif Kasim II International Airport in Pekanbaru, Riau, throughout January.
The airport's general manager Jaya Tahoma Sirait told Antara in Pekanbaru on Tuesday that 363 and 367 flights that were supposed to arrive at and depart from the airport respectively in January had been canceled.
He said the number could potentially increase because during the first 10 days of February, at least 218 flights were canceled. Most were operated by Indonesia's largest low-cost carrier Lion Air Group.
"Lion Air, Garuda Indonesia, Citilink, Batik Air and Wings Air canceled 85, 62, 38, 20 and 13 of their flights respectively," said Jaya.
He mentioned high ticket prices as the main cause for the 28 and 22 percent decrease in flight frequency and passenger numbers respectively, compared to the same period last year. (kes)
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