Thursday, November 01, 2018

Cheap tickets, multiple destinations make Lion Air favorite

Jakarta: With its cheap airfares, high frequency of flights and large number of destinations served, Lion Air has become the go-to airline for travelers in a hurry, despite the budget airline’s spotty safety record.

And even after one of its aircraft plunged into the Java Sea on Monday, killing 189 people on board, travelers continue to stick with the budget carrier.

Luthfinnisa Sony Putri, who now lives in Yogyakarta, said she would stick with her plan of booking a Lion Air flight for her Idul Fitri holiday trip to South Solok regency in West Sumatra.

She said Lion Air was the only airline that offered a direct flight from Yogyakarta to West Sumatra.

“Direct flights are hassle-free, you don’t waste your time in transit and yet it costs less,” said Luthfinnisa, who booked her flight with her husband and baby boy for June next year.
Based on online travel booking platform Traveloka, the trip from Adisutjipto Airport in Yogyakarta to Minangkabau International Airport in Padang, West Sumatra takes 1 hour and 55 minutes on a Lion Air direct flight with a ticket price of Rp 800,000 (US$52.59).

On a non-direct flight, it could take travelers up to 14 hours to reach Padang from Yogyakarta with ticket prices starting from Rp 2.3 million per person.

Monday’s crash also did not dissuade Sakinah Utami from flying Lion Air. Sakinah, who had booked a Lion Air flight from Batam to Jakarta, decided to keep the ticket for a short trip in December.
01/11/18  Ivany Atina Arbi, Riza Roidila Mufti and Apriadi Gunawan/Jakarta Post

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