The Jakarta Post
“Passengers who have already purchased a ticket for a trip within the cancelation period will be able to receive a full refund or reschedule their trip." (Shutterstock/File)
State-owned railway operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia has closed four routes connecting Malang in East Java and Jakarta as well as three connecting Surabaya, also in East Java, and Jakarta from March 26 to 31 in an effort to curb the further spread of COVID-19.
“We made this decision to prevent the spread of COVID-19 caused by incoming and outgoing passengers, even though we have already organized our own prevention methods for all facilities in the train stations,” KAI Operational Region [Daop] 8 spokesperson Suprapto said in Surabaya on Wednesday.
Suprapto also explained that the train operator had reduced the passenger capacity from 38,346 people per day to 19,182. Meanwhile, the eighth Operational Region in Surabaya serves local routes with a 25,564 seat capacity and 12,782 standing tickets.
The four Malang-Jakarta routes affected by the policy are KA Mutiara Selatan, KA Argo Wilis, KA Turangga, and KA Malabar, while the three affected Surabaya-Jakarta routes are KA Sembrani, KA Gumarang and KA Songoriti.
“Passengers who have already purchased a ticket for a trip within the cancellation period will be able to receive a full refund or reschedule their trip,” Suprapto said.
As of Wednesday, Indonesia has reported 790 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 58 deaths. Jakarta and East Java are among the hardest hit provinces, with 463 and 51 confirmed cases, respectively. (dpk)
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