KAI Runs More Long-Distance Trips on Weekend Holidays

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  • There is a lonely atmosphere at the ticket booth at Pasar Senen Station when some passengers cancel their trips by long-distance trains in Jakarta, Monday, February 22, 2021. TEMPO / Muhammad Hidayat

    There is a lonely atmosphere at the ticket booth at Pasar Senen Station when some passengers cancel their trips by long-distance trains in Jakarta, Monday, February 22, 2021. TEMPO / Muhammad Hidayat

    TEMPO.CO, JakartaState railway operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) increased the number of long-distance train schedules by up to 9 percent during the Isra Miraj and Nyepi (Day of Silence) holidays on March 10-14, 2021. The firm usually operated 460 trains during the long holiday weekend.

    “[The train schedule] will increase by 9 percent compared to the previous week, so KAI operates 421 long-distance trains,” said Vice President Public Relations Joni Martinus to Tempo on Tuesday, March 9, 2021.

    Joni explained this aimed at anticipating the increasing demand of the public. However, he ensured that the ticket sales have not recorded a significant hike thus far.

    He predicted that passengers' favorite routes will be Jakarta-Yogyakarta (round trip), Jakarta-Surabaya (round trip), and Jakarta-Semarang (round trip). “Tickets are still available and can be ordered on KAI Access, website, and various other sales channels,” Joni said.

    For departures on religious holidays of Isra Miraj on March 11 and Nyepi Day on March 14, would-be passengers are required to present a document showing a negative result of GeNose C19 or Rapid Antigen Test or RT-PCR test that is valid for 1x24 hours at the time of departure.

    Joni continued that KAI provides GeNose test services for Rp20,000 at 12 stations and antigen test services for Rp105,000 at 45 stations. He also asked passengers of long-distance trains to be in good health, comply with health protocols or 3M, namely wearing masks, maintaining distance, and washing hands.

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