Several Airlines Reduce Flights from Batam Airport


Several airlines have reduced the frequency of flights at Hang Nadim Airport on Batam Island since mid-April because of the low tourist season, an official said.

“It is likely because of the low season that those airlines, which have more than one scheduled flight from Batam, have reduced their frequency of flights,” Batam Management Board (BP Batam) Director of One-Stop Service and Public Relations Dwi Djoko Wiwoho said on Saturday.

In the past few weeks, low-cost carrier Citilink reduced the number of flights from Batam to Padang, West Sumatra, to twice a day from three times a day.

Lion Air, which serves the Batam-Pekanbaru flight route, has also reduced its flights to four times a day from five times a day.

On Saturday evening, Lion Air also canceled its flight to Balikpapan, East Kalimantan. “We have not been informed of the exact cause. But it is most likely related to the low season,” he said.

He predicted that flights for Batam would recover during the school holidays in mid-May or late May.

Hang Nadim Airport is operated by BP Batam and the Transportation Ministry.

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