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Indonesia Experiences Decline in Domestic Air Travel and Increase in International Air Flight Over Year-End Holidays

A predicted rush of domestic air travelers nation-wide over the Christmas and New Year period failed to materize. As reported by Kompas.com, data from the Ministry of Transportation counted only 3,949,936 toal Christmas and New Year’s travelers, less than the numbers anticipated by aviation officials. This figure fell far short of predictions of 5,682,791 domestic passengers.

The total number of holiday air passengers declined 9.75% as compared to the previous year when 4,376,688 passengers flew over the holidays. During the 2017-2018 holiday season 3,787,218 passengers flew domestically, more than the 3,278,453 domestic air passengers that flew during the 2018-2019 holiday season.

The Director General of Civil Aviation, Polana B. Pramesti, said: “From 36 main airports we monitored since December 20, 2018 until January 1, 2019, there were 26,641 aircraft departures as compared to the 28,734 domestic flight departures over the same period one year before.

Meanwhile, international flights and passengers increased during the 2018-2019 holiday season. Based on data from the Ministry of Transportation, 671,485 international passenger departures were counted over the most recent holiday season, up markedly from the 589,450 tallied in the 2017-2018 period. This represents an increase of 13.92% in international air traffic for the subject period. Similarly, the number of international flights increased 8.5% to 3,829, up from the 3,529 international flights counted the previous year.

The international flight and passenger data was collected from seven international airports, namely: Soekarno-Hatta (Jakarta-Cengkareng), I Gusti Ngurah Rai (Bali), Juanda (Surabaya), Sultan Hasanuddin Makassar, Adisutjipto Yogyakarta, and Husein Sastranegara (Bandung).

Transpiration Ministry officials were unable to pinpoint the reason for this year’s decline in domestic air travel.