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Jakarta Post

Low-cost carriers: Cheap does not mean unsafe, Citilink says

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, November 30, 2018   /   11:36 am
Low-cost carriers: Cheap does not mean unsafe, Citilink says An Airbus A320 of low-cost carrier Citilink takes off from Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali. (Antara/Nyoman Budhiana)

Low-cost carrier PT Citilink Indonesia has stressed there is no correlation between the ticket prices of airlines and flight safety.

Citilink new distribution channel senior manager Husnul Mulia said any airline wanted to assure there would be no accident during the operation.

“The target is always zero accidents,” Husnul said in Jakarta on Thursday, as quoted by, stressing that the safety standards of all airlines were the same.

Husnul’s statement comes after the National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) stated on Wednesday that the aircraft used for Lion Air flight JT610, which crashed into the Java Sea on Oct. 29, had been unfit to fly.

On Thursday, the committee corrected that statement in response to protest from Lion Air management, saying the aircraft had, in fact, been airworthy.

He said air transportation was still the safest mode of transportation in the world, even though more and more flights were operated by LCC. “If we look at the rate, the safest transportation is airlines, including those operated in Indonesia,” Husnul added.

Flight JT610 was carrying 181 passengers, including three minors, and eight flight crew members. (bbn)