Jakarta (ANTARA) - The management of dining cars of the Whoosh high-speed train is offering a discount of 25 percent on food items to passengers during this year's Eid al-Fitr homecoming exodus period.

Person-in-charge of Whoosh dining cars Dedek Iman Risman noted that the discount is being offered throughout the exodus period in a bid to improve the quality of services to customers of Southeast Asia's first high-speed train.

"The 25 percent discount is being offered on a range of food items, such as onigiri, sandwich, and spaghetti, starting from 6 p.m. until the last departures from Halim, Padalarang, and Tegalluar stations," he told ANTARA at the Halim Station, Jakarta, on Tuesday.

Risman underlined that dining cars are placed as cars number 5 to facilitate all passengers to reach food services regardless of the position of their seat cars.

He then cited fried rice, onigiri, and sandwich as the best-selling food items during the Eid homecoming period. Meanwhile, coffee and mineral water have been the passengers' preferred beverages.

Food and beverage products served in the food cars are being offered for Rp20 thousand-Rp100 thousand (US$1.25-US$6.29) per item, he added.

A passenger from South Jakarta, Hariadi, praised Whoosh for the high quality of services offered and viewed the fast train as a more effective and efficient means of transport for Eid homecoming trips.

"The seats are comfortable, and the toilets are clean. In terms of prices of food, I think they are relatively affordable, similar to food prices at airports and stations in general," he remarked.

Rizky Wardana, a first-time Whoosh passenger from West Jakarta, admitted to being excited to reach his hometown using the fast train.

He also said that the Whoosh fares are quite affordable and are worth the fine services offered by the train.

According to data presented by corporate communication manager of PT Kereta Cepat Indonesia China (KCIC) Emir Morti, the number of Whoosh passengers had started spiking since April 5.

The occupancy rate of the train reaches 80-90 percent during busy hours, from 6:40 a.m. to 3:02 p.m. local time.

As per April 9 at 12 p.m. local time, a total of 115 thousand tickets have been sold during the Eid exodus period.

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