A queue of Lion Air passengers at Hang Nadim International Airport last Thursday. (Antara Photo/M.N. Kanwa)

Lion Air Resumes Flights After Gov't Eases Travel Requirements

BY :THRESA SANDRA DESFIKA

JUNE 10, 2020

Jakarta. Lion Air Group's Lion Mentari Airlines, Wings Abadi Airlines and Batik Air – Indonesia's largest private airline group – resumed flights on Wednesday after the government made it simpler for travelers to fly domestically despite the Covid-19 pandemic showing no sign of slowing.

Lion Air Group grounded all scheduled flights on June 5, arguing many of their passengers were unable to meet the government's Covid-19 health protocol.

Since then, the Transportation Ministry has simplified the requirements by omitting the need for passengers to show a letter of assignment from their employers or proof of family emergencies. 

Travelers now need only to bring an identification card, documents showing the result of their Covid-19 PCR or rapid tests and install the government's tracking app on their phone.

"[The regulation] is much simpler now," Danang Mandala Prihantoro, Lion Air Group's director of corporate strategic communication, said on Tuesday. 

Lion Air's flight resumption came a day after the government allowed flight operators to bump up passenger capacity despite recent spikes in new coronavirus cases. 

The government has been pushing for a reopening of the Indonesian economy after imposing the so-called large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) and a travel ban for over two months.

Indonesia reported 1,043 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday – the highest single-day case rise in the country – with new 40 deaths and 510 recoveries. 


 

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