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Lion Air, with its low fares, high flight frequencies and large number of destinations flown to, has become the ideal air company for hurried travellers, despite the flawless security records of the low-cost air company. Even after one of his planes dived into the Java Sea on Monday and killed 189 passengers on the plane, the travellers still adhere to the budgetary authorities.
Sony Putri Luthfinnisa, who now resides in Yogyakarta, said she would adhere to her plans to book a Lion Air ticket for her Idul Fitri vacation to the South Solok Regiment in West Sumatra. Lion Air was the only company offering a non-stop service from Yogyakarta to West Sumatra.
"There are no problems with flying directly, you don't spend any transport times and yet it still cost less," says Luthfinnisa, who has reserved her plane with her man and little boys for June next year. Traveloka is an on-line reservation service available from Adisutjipto Airport in Yogyakarta to Minangkabau International Airport in Padang, West Sumatra. The journey lasts 1 hr 55 min on a Lion Air one-way service with a fare of Rp 800,000 (US$52.59).
Travellers on a non-direct journey may need up to 14 hrs to get to Padang from Yogyakarta, with fares beginning at Rp 2. Monday's fall didn't stop Sakinah Utami from breathing lion air either. The Sakinah, who had chartered a Lion Air Batam to Jakarta service, chose to keep the December Kurzreise in.
Sakinah said, despite her frightened apprehension of flying, that the low cost motivates her to keep the reservation. Sakinah said, "I have used Traveloka to find other planes, but unfortunately the fare has increased significantly as my journey would take place in December. On early Monday, Lion Air JT610 plunged into the Java Sea just 13 min away from Karawang, West Java, and killed all passenger and crews on it.
Aeroplane used in the air, a new Boeing 737 MAX 8, is said to have had a technological issue during an earlier air journey, but it was solved according to the procedures. The plane crashed is the latest in a series of crashes affecting the country's largest low-cost carrier.
From 2002 to 2018, Lion Air had 15 serious events, some deadly and others with injury and loss of planes. One of Lewes Boeing planes was cut off by a Wings Air airplane last year when it arrived at Kualanamu International Airfield in North Sumatra, although nobody was hurt. By 2013, all 108 occupants and crews had surrendered when a Lion Air airplane skipped the airstrip at Ngurah Rai International in Bali, landing in the ocean and splitting into two parts.
Two Lion Air airplanes crashed at Soekarno-Hatta in May 2016, while a Batik Air company - a member of the Lion Group - had crashed into a TransNusa airplane a previous year. 24 persons were murdered in 2004 when a Lion Air mission from Jakarta slipped from a wet airstrip after touching down in Surakarta, Central Java.
Lion Air founding father Rusdi Kirana, today's Indonesian embassador to Malaysia, said in an 2015 Kompas newspaper interview: "My carrier is the poorest in the worid, but you have no option. Muhammad Asif, Lion Air's Chief Technology Officer, was removed by Transport Minister Budi Karya Sumadi following the JT 610 Lion Air plane crashed on Monday.
Mr. Budi Karya Sumadi said that the stay could help enhance openness and objectivity in the current inquiry into the spill. Lion Air has also been assessed and specially audited by the Airworthiness and Operations Directorate of the Department. "When we find out that the carrier has been negligent, we will apply a severe penalty on the basis of the current regulations," said Budi Karya.