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Voting and Flying Don't Mix

Passenger Loads on Indonesian Domestic Rotes Decline During Presidential Elections

(7/12/2014) The chairman of the Indonesia National Air Carrier Association (INACA), Arif Wibowo told NusaBali that demand for air seats in Indonesia declined by 15% on domestic flights during the recent presidential elections in Indonesia.

On election day the frequency of flights reduced 15% due to reduced demand. Arif, who is also the CEO of the Garuda subsidiary Citilink told detikFinance.com that his airline experienced a 20% decline in demand for a two day period over the election period.

Airlines also experienced a similar decline in demand during the legislative elections held on April 9, 2014, but demand quickly returned to normal in the days after the vote.

Now with the elections behind the Indonesian public, travel is entering its peak period as the Nation enters the Lebaran Holiday period, typically the busiest travel period of the year.