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Jakarta Post

KLM upbeat on Indonesian market, brings in new aircraft

  • Novan Iman Santosa

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, April 1 2009   /  02:56 pm

KLM, the Royal Dutch Airline is upbeat about the Indonesian passenger market, describing it as a strong one, despite the current global economic downturn. "Indonesia is withstanding the global crisis quite well while Singapore, Australia and New Zealand are hit much harder," Air France KLM general manager for the region (comprising Singapore, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand), Paul Rombeek, told reporters Monday. "However, we do see worldwide that all economies are in trouble." Rombeek, appointed in February, quoted IATA suggesting airlines worldwide might suffer losses of up to US$4.6 billion this year. Meanwhile, Air France KLM country manager Axel Theo Colen said the airline was experiencing a fall of 10 to 20 percent in bookings. Colen emphasized however that Indonesia reached its budgeted target for the year ending March 31. "This means that there w...