Transportation Ministry Increases Aircraft Capacity to Over 70% on Conditions

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  • TEMPO.CO, JakartaTransportation Ministry spokesperson Adita Irawati confirmed that airlines were allowed to increase the seat load factor, which was previously limited to a maximum of 70 percent, as stipulated on Circular No. 3/2021 on guidelines for domestic travel with air transport during the Covid-19 pandemic.

    “It’s true that airlines can carry more than 70 percent capacity but it’s impossible to be 100 percent because if a passenger shows symptoms, there must be three rows of seats available for emergency,” said Adita on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021.

    According to her, the decision was issued by considering the strict travel requirement. Besides, the aircraft cabin was installed with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter so that the air is exchanged every two minutes.

    Adita reiterated that people wishing to visit Bali must present a negative PCR test result valid for 2x24 hours or a non-reactive rapid antigen test result valid for 1x24 hours.

    As for other destinations, air passengers are obliged to show a non-reactive result of rapid antigen test valid for 3x24 hours or a negative PCR test result valid for 2x24 hours.

    Additionally, airplane passengers were not allowed to speak and eat or drink during flights under two hours, as well as obliged to wear a face mask.

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