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Jakarta (VNA) – Indonesia has overtaken Japan to become the world's third-biggest aviation market as airlines continue to reduce passenger capacity because of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to OAG Aviation Worldwide.

The country's scheduled capacity is now 2.1 million seats, down 7.8 percent from last week, while Japan’s dropped nearly 15 percent.

Chinese capacity rose 7.2 percent to 8.7 million seats, making it the biggest market. The US has fallen nearly 27 percent to 8.2 million this week, data from OAG show.

OGA said a resilient domestic market has helped shield Indonesia to a degree, though its capacity is still down 33 percent from January’s third week.

Virus containment efforts are being stepped up in the country amid warnings that infections could climb to 95,000 by the end of next month from about 4,500 now.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo last week banned government employees from travelling during Ramadan and urged the public to avoid taking trips at the peak travel time in the world's fourth-most populous nation./.