Praya International Airport and Selaparang Airport in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara were both just reopened today after being been closed for eight days since on Oct. 25 as Mount Rinjani erupted ash across the airports, limiting visibility. (Antara Photo/Lucky R.)

INACA: Haze, Volcanic Ash Drive Down Traveler Growth Target

BY :INVESTOR DAILY

NOVEMBER 12, 2015

Jakarta. The Indonesia National Air Carrier Association, know as INACA, slashed traveler growth targets for the year to 5 to 6 percent down from an initial target of 8 percent, due to a weak economy and recent disruptions from haze and volcanic ash at airports across the country.

National economic growth is expected to slow to 4.8 percent this year, down from 5 percent in 2014, undermining demand for air travel, Bayu Sutanto, INACA's deputy chairman for scheduled flights, said on Wednesday.

"In addition, some airports were closed due to thick haze in Sumatra and Kalimantan," Bayu said, "Volcanic ash from [Mount Rinjani] also forced some flights to be cancelled."

Praya International Airport and Selaparang Airport in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, both reopened Thursday after being closed for over a week after Mount Rinjani erupted, causing ash to compromise visibility.

Some 73 million travelers boarded domestic or international travel in 2014, up 5.6 percent from a year earlier, according to data from Central Statistics Agency.

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