Friday, May 25, 2012

LION AIR passenger numbers in the first quarter rose 10%


Indonesia national airline PT Lion Mentari Airlines or Lion Air successful a growing number of passengers during the first quarter of this year. The number of airline passengers increased by 10% over the same quarter last year.

General Director of Lion Air, Edward Sirait explain the increase in passenger numbers due to the revitalization of the fleet is carried out by the company. In addition, Lion Air also made additional flight frequencies on domestic routes.

In the first quarter of this year, Lion Air recorded an increase of about 800,000 passengers, up 10% over the same quarter last year amounted to 7.2 million passengers.

"Of the eight million passengers, mostly from domestic flights is 98% or 7,840,000 passengers, while the rest coming from international flight around 160,000 passengers," said Edward. 

Edward said that most domestic routes is Jakarta-Medan route. This route has 20 times flights per day. The load factor for the Jakarta-Medan route stable at 82.5%. While on international routes, the airline is still concentrating on the route from Jakarta to Singapore, Jakarta to Jeddah and Jakarta to Kuala Lumpur.

Although there is the addition of 10% the number of passengers in the first quarter of 2012, but he was pessimistic until the end of this year could raise the overall airline passenger numbers up 10%. Edward argued, the month of July, after the September school holidays and after the Eid holidays are the low season.

Last year, Lion Air transport 24.97 million domestic passengers in 2011, or approximately 41.59% of total domestic passengers nationwide. Edward says, the flight routes which opened earlier this year was a direct route from Jakarta to Manado since last February 2012. While the end of this month Lion Air will open two direct routes namely Surabaya to Ambon and Surabaya to Palu without transit in Balikpapan.