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Garuda receives cooperation proposal from AirAsia

  • Riza Roidila Mufti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, December 21, 2018   /   03:51 pm
Garuda receives cooperation proposal from AirAsia Garuda Indonesia president director Ari Askhara speaks to journalists on Dec. 21 in Jakarta. (JP/Riza Roidila Mufti)

Garuda Indonesia president director Ari Askhara said on Friday that the national airline had received an offer from AirAsia to establish an operational cooperation agreement (KSO), after it had established a similar cooperation with the Sriwijya Air Group.

"I have not discussed the details with Dendy. We will first take a look at the opportunity," he said, referring to AirAsia Indonesia CEO Dendy Kurniawan.

Ari said that AirAsia, which had strong regional and international operations, could cooperate with its low-cost subsidiary Citilink Indonesia, which had started expanding both internationally and regionally.

Speaking separately, Dendy said that AirAsia was open to establishing the KSO with Garuda. "We are basically open to any cooperation, as long as it is mutually profitable," he said.

However, Dendy declined to speak further on the proposed cooperation.

Through Citilink, the Garuda Indonesia Group signed on Nov. 14 a KSO with the Sriwijaya Air Group. Under the cooperation, Garuda is to manage all operations and finances of Sriwijaya Air and its subsidiary, NAM Air, to improve the airlines' performance.

Ari said that the cooperation with Sriwijaya had a positive impact for both Citilink and the Sriwijaya Air Group, especially in expanding the airlines’ market share and capacity to tighten their grip on the national airline industry. (bbn)