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1. Posted by laulau777 (Budding Member 14 posts) 9y

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Hey I'm leaving for Sumatra Indonesia next week. I've never been there before. I was planning on traveling from Singapore to Jakarta to Bengkulu by air.

Can I buy tickets when I arrive at the airports with no problem? Or do I need to book in advance? (4 people in my group)

I went to the adam air website and it said "full" for all the flights, it was confusing and made me worry. It may have been a translation glitch.

Is there a charge for an oversized bags (surfboard bag)?

Terima kasih!!

-Lauren

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

Not a direct answer on your question, but to add the following:

Adam Air hasn't got a good safety record an last year there have been 2 or 3 accidents with this airline.
But then again: Garuda crashed a plane lately as well.

I guess booking in advance is not a bad idea, when I had some domestic flights between Jakarta and Bali and Jakarta and Singapore (ok, not really domestic..) the plane was full. Flying is the best way to travel between the many islands of Indonesia.

3. Posted by pPamela (Full Member 158 posts) 9y

Hi Lauren,
I think you will find that most of AdamAir's flights have been suspended. I know their 6 Boeings have been grounded.
Maybe you are not aware, but as the previous poster said there have been a number of accidents recently involving Adam Air.
One of their planes disappeared on a flight from Surabaya to Sulawesi- has never been found, although a few days after it disappeared there were false reports it had been found.
Then recently an AdamAir plane landed at Surabaya airport, cracked and split on landing. Luckily no one was killed.
And only about 10 days ago, a Garuda flight landed at Yogjakarta airport, overshot the runway, crashed, broke in two and burst into flames killing about 21 passengers, 5 of them Australian reporters.
Please do not fly AdamAir- I only flew once with them on my recent 5.5 month trip through Indonesia and I was worried the whole flight as I did know they were not a safe airline.
Hope you can get other flights than the AdamAir ones.
Wishing you a great time.
Pamela.

4. Posted by arya99 (Budding Member 11 posts) 9y

hello Lauren.. pls do not fly with adam air!! .. from singapore to jkt you have many options (online booking - check jetstar.com)
From jakarta to Bengkulu not much choices.. you can buy at airport in jkt, try for Batavia air or other domestic flight to Bengkulu - but of course they will charge you with published fare since you buy the ticket at the airport. domestic flight from jkt to bengkulu will be batavia / sriwijaya air / merpati nusantara... Selamat Datang !!

5. Posted by arya99 (Budding Member 11 posts) 9y

hello LauLau.. pls do not fly with adam air!! .. from singapore to jkt you have many options (online booking - check jetstar.com)
From jakarta to Bengkulu not much choices.. you can buy at airport in jkt, try for Batavia air or other domestic flight to Bengkulu - but of course they will charge you with published fare since you buy the ticket at the airport. domestic flight from jkt to bengkulu will be batavia / sriwijaya air / merpati nusantara... Selamat Datang !!

6. Posted by PeteMuzz (Budding Member 51 posts) 9y

Hey Guys

Sorry to crash this thread but i havent been able to get a reply off anyone for this answer. I am also wanting to fly in SE Asia. However I need to get back from Japan to Singapore for my last flight home. I need to do it as cheaply (and safely) as possible.

How do i go about doing this? I can't find many sites which are helpful and I assume to get it cheap i will need to book in advance.

What do i do?

7. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

Actually, the problem is that there aren't many (if any) cheap flights from or to Japan.
Your best best would be to fly to China (hongkong), take a cheap flight from Macau to Kuala Lumpur and than a bus or train to Singapore.
Check airasia.com for flight possiblities. It's the cheapest one in the whole region.
Cheers!

8. Posted by laulau777 (Budding Member 14 posts) 9y

Thanks to everyone for the advice -- I will avoid traveling with Adam Air at all costs! I know that they're a terrible airline, I just wasn't sure how many options I will have getting to Bengkulu. Sounds like we will have a few airlines to choose from, I will try to do some more research before I leave.

Does anyone know what the fares are like on the smaller domestic airlines? Are they affordable? Are they as inexpensive as the discount airlines like adam air and jetstar?

Thanks again!
Lauren

9. Posted by daphnemaia (Full Member 155 posts) 9y

hi everyone...

if u guys wanna fly budget, no frills, the best are jetstar/valuair (to & from singapore) and airasia (to & from KL). i've flown these 2 airlines numerous times in the past year, n have had no problems. they also offer really good promotions. u jus have to keep watching the website!

jetstar: for jakarta, it can go as low as $38 (single trip) without taxes.

airasia: u just missed the cheapest fares! last wk it was abt RM 175 for a return trip (with taxes)

but still, chk the websites out.. u can get pretty gd deals during their promos! the websites are really friendly to navigate as well. i totally recommend these 2 budget airlines! alternatively, u can check out tiger air (singapore) but i've never flown with them. i heard from my friends that the budget terminal in singapore is rather... amusing. haha. i dunno what she means by that. maybe its bare. *shrugs* but only tiger air is using that terminal now... valuair/jetstar stil flies to the normal terminals. i think its terminal 1.

for other airlines, chk out www.zuji.com.sg or www.airfares.com.sg

just key in ur dates, n destination, n they'll get u the cheapest fares. chk out the various taxes also - different for every airline.

lauren, my father flies silkair to jakarta all the time. its about SGD 500 including taxes. budget airlines cost about 250 including taxes.

i think u will have to fly garuda from jakarta to bengkulu. there are no budget airlines flying there, as far as i know... garuda is better than adam air i guess, altho i also have nightmares flying garuda. haha or u could buy a sampan and row ur way from jakarta! lol.

good luck!

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 23, 2007, at 8:08 AM by daphnemaia ]