Garuda prepares 1.61m seats for Idul Fitri holiday

National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia will increase seat availability to anticipate a spike in passengers during this year's Idul Fitri holiday, a senior official has said.

Garuda Indonesia corporate communications vice president, Pujobroto, said 1.61 million seats would be available for homebound and returning travelers from July 9 to July 27, or eight days before Idul Fitri and 10 days after.

"Seat availability will be 8 per cent higher than in the same period of 2014, which reached 1.49 million seats," he said as quoted by Antara news agency in Jakarta on Wednesday.

Pujobroto said several domestic and international routes that experienced significant increases in demand would see an additional 16,044 seats.

This included routes from Jakarta to Denpasar, Hong Kong, Padang, Perth, Singapore, Surabaya, Sydney and Yogyakarta.