KOMPAS.com - The government says the number of airline passengers in the country stood at 66 million in 2011, a 15-percent increase on 2010’s figure, meeting the growth target.
The Transportation Ministry’s director for air transportation, Djoko Murjatmodjo, said Tuesday that the number of domestic and international travelers totaled 58.84 million and 7.2 million in 2011, respectively.
“The data indicates strong economic growth in Indonesia as well as a strong domestic-airline market,” Djoko told The Jakarta Post.
In 2010, the number of domestic travelers was 51.7 million and international travelers 6.6 million, he said.
Bambang Ervan, the ministry’s spokesman, said that the economic downturn in Europe would not impact Indonesia’s airline business because the Asian market remained promising.
“National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, for instance, has announced it will open new routes to Tokyo through Haneda and Taipei this year, even though they have reduced their Amsterdam flights,” Bambang told the Post.