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Eid al Fitr travelers forecast to reach 19.29 millions

Kamis 12 Jun 2014 05:08 WIB

Red: Yeyen Rostiyani

Airline passengers at Soekarno Hatta International Airport, Tangerang, Banten. (illustration)

Airline passengers at Soekarno Hatta International Airport, Tangerang, Banten. (illustration)

Foto: Republika/Wihdan Hidayat

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA - Minister of Transportation Evert Erenst Mangindaan on Wednesday forecasts that the number of travelers during the annual Eid al Fitr will reach 19.29 million, increasing 3.83 percent than the previous year.

The government predicts that home-bound traffic for the Muslim holidays will peak during the three days before D-Day and a day after, while the return traffic will be at its highest on the fourth and fifth day after the Islam festivity's holiday.

Around 5.59 million travelers were forecast to return home by road with 2.37 million people by motorcycles and 1.78 million by private vehicles, the minister said. Meanwhile, train passengers are predicted to rise 3.1 percent to 4.49 million, while the number of air travelers is expected to rise 11.48 percent to 4.1 million passengers. About 3.54 million passengers will use rivers, lakes, and inter-island ferry services, and 1.57 million will use sea transportation.

"Adequate preparations should be made as the number of passengers during Eid al Fitr will increase," the minister emphasized.

The Ministry's Air Transportation Director Djoko Murdjatmodjo earlier stated that five airlines had proposed additional flights to anticipate the increase in passenger traffic during the 2014 Idul Fitri exodus. The airlines are Sriwijaya Air, Nam Air, Lion Air, Indonesia Air Asia, and Garuda Indonesia. Sixteen additional flights will be made available for 16 days for seven days before and after the D-Day.

"A total of 903 flights will be made available during the 16 days," Murdjatmodjo added.

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