JAKARTA. National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia will prepare 45,000 additional seats for the upcoming Idul Fitri holiday season to anticipate soaring demand during the country’s most-celebrated festivity.
Garuda Indonesia president director Pahala N. Mansury said the additional seats would be spread over eight days before and eight after the Islamic holiday, which is expected to fall on June 25.
“The additional seats will be spread from June 18 to July 3,” he said over the weekend in Bali, as reported by Kontan.
Pahala said the number of the additional seats represented a 39 percent increase compared to last year.
Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation, every year sees millions of people traveling to their hometowns to celebrate Idul Fitri.
Last year, nearly 5 million people took part in the exodus, using various modes of transportation, including private vehicles, train, ships and planes. (ecn/hwa)