Lion Air restarts Surabaya-Tarakan flights for Ramadan

A Lion Air 737 taxis for takeoff.
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By Len Varley - Assistant Editor 4 Min Read
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Indonesian low-cost airline Lion Air is ready to relaunch direct flight services between Surabaya to Tarakan ahead of Ramadan. This route will now be served on a regular scheduled passenger basis.

The carrier has taken the decision to reopen the Surabaya – Tarakan direct route based on growing demand. 

Lion Air will operate the previously serviced route using its Boeing 737-900ER (215 economy class seats) and Boeing 737-800NG (189 economy class seats) fleet aircraft.

  • Outbound Surabaya to Tarakan services will bear the flight number JT-268, and will depart at 08.45 WIB and arrive in Tarakan at 11.45 WITA. 
  • The return flight from Tarakan to Surabaya operating as JT-267 departs at 12.40 WITA and arrives in Surabaya at 13.45 WIB.

Supporting Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr

Lion Air Surabaya to Tarakan flights offer further advantages for those travelling and participating in the upcoming Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr festivals.

The reopen route will particularly assist those in East Java and North Kalimantan regions. The direct service reduces transit time, alleviating the need for transit stopovers.

Connectivity with the airline’s wider flight service coverage throughout Indonesia is accessible, so that business people and tourists can easily connect to other cities from Surabaya and Tarakan.

The proposed flight schedules should also benefit both business people and tourists. During Ramadan and Eid, the demand for certain products increases sharply, especially for products such as clothing, specialties and souvenirs.

The availability of direct flights, manufacturers and sellers in Surabaya and Tarakan easily deliver their products to the markets in both cities.



Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is considered the holiest month for Muslims. It is a period of fasting, prayer, and spiritual reflection. In 2023, it is expected to begin on March 22nd and end on April 20th.

During Ramadan, Muslims abstain from food, drink, and other physical needs from dawn until sunset each day.

The fast is intended to teach self-discipline, self-control, and empathy for those less fortunate. It is also seen as a way of purifying the soul and developing a closer connection with God.

In addition to fasting, Muslims also spend more time in prayer and engage in acts of charity and kindness towards others.

Many Muslims also read the entire Quran during Ramadan, as it is believed that the first verses of the Quran were revealed during this month.

The fast is broken each evening with a meal called iftar, which typically includes dates and water, followed by a larger meal with family and friends. Many Muslims also gather at the mosque for special nightly prayers called Taraweeh.

Eid al-Fitr

Ramadan culminates with the festival of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the month-long fast and is a time for celebration and feasting with loved ones.

Eid al-Fitr is also known as the “Festival of Breaking the Fast” because it is a time for Muslims to break their month-long fast and celebrate with family and friends.

It is typically celebrated for three days, although the exact duration may vary depending on local customs and traditions.

During Eid al-Fitr, Muslims typically dress in their finest clothes, offer special prayers in congregation, exchange gifts with family and friends, and enjoy festive meals together.

It is also customary to give charity to the poor and needy as a way of expressing gratitude for the blessings of the month of Ramadan.

Eid al-Fitr is a time of joy and celebration, and it is an important part of Muslim culture and tradition.

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