Mandala facing slots constraints at Jakarta

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Indonesia's Mandala Airlines says that a lack of available slots at Jakarta's main airport is forcing it to grow the airline away from the capital city.

The low-cost carrier's commercial director Brata Rafly says that the airline is limited in the number of flights from Jakarta's Soekarno Hatta airport.

This is forcing it to look at establishing other hubs in Indonesia to accommodate its growth, he adds.

As a result of the congestion, the Tiger Airways affiliate is operating flights from Jakarta in the morning and onwards to other destinations before returning to Jakarta in the evening.

On 1 December, the airline commenced a daily service on the Jakarta-Padang-Singapore route, which allows it to avoid the congestion in Jakarta during the day.

"In Jakarta, it is getting very heavy with traffic, so we have to find cities with potential that have slot availability," he says.