Astindo says Lion Air ticket sales shows 'slight' decline
The Jakarta Post
The Indonesian Travel Agents Association (Astindo) has said that sales of Lion Air tickets fell 5 to 6 percent since the recent accident involving Lion Air flight JT610, registered as PK-LQP, which crashed into the Java Sea on Oct. 29.
“Yes, there has been a slight decline [in Lion Air ticket sales],” said Astindo deputy chairman Rudiana on Wednesday as quoted by kompas.com. However, he declined to attribute the accident as the direct cause of the decline, saying that air travel was “now entering the low season”.
Rudiana said that as Lion Air dominated the domestic market, he called on the low-cost carrier to take action to prevent further decline in its ticket sales.
He said cutting prices, for example the airline's current promotional ticket price of Rp 100,000 (US$6.82) on Jakarta-Singapore routes, could help Lion Air attract more passengers.
Lion Air corporate communications strategy officer Danang Mandala Prihantoro confirmed the promotional offer. “The [Rp 100,000] ticket price is part of our scheduled promotions,” he said.
Danang said the drastic cut in the flight price had been scheduled to boost ticket sales ahead of the low travel season, when fewer people generally tended to travel, and that it was unrelated to the crash of Lion Air JT610. (bbn)
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