Indonesia MIGHT be changing from three time zones to one, on 28 October 2012.
Indonesia is currently split into three time zones:
But now, the Indonesian Trade Ministry has announced a plan to synchronize watches in Indonesia. Effective 28 October 2012, Indonesia will
copy emulate Malaysia and China, and have one time zone across the country: GMT+8. It is perceived that the change will increase trade with its largest markets – China, Singapore and Malaysia – which are all in the GMT+8 timezone. Some also believe it will improve productivity, because employees across the nation will be working at the same time.
While industry groups have praised the move, Indonesian airlines have expressed concern at the major disruption it will have to flight schedules and airport landing times, especially to popular routes that cross time zones, such as Jakarta to Bali.
At the time of writing, there is a little over 3 months to go before the change is scheduled to occur. After the initial announcement, there has been no publicity about the change. In most countries, this would suggest it will not happen, but not necessarily in Indonesia.
How can I check if my flight is affected?
Passengers who have already booked flights on/after 28 October 2012 are encouraged to reconfirm their flight’s departure/arrival times by following the procedures here.
Train timetables will be unaffected, as no trains cross different time-zones like flights do.
Local time in Jakarta
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