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Business watchdog begins investigation into alleged collusion among airlines

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 6, 2019   /   12:48 pm
Business watchdog begins investigation into alleged collusion among airlines The Business Competition Supervisory Commission (KPPU) building in Jakarta. (Kontan/Daniel Prabowo)

The Business Competition Supervisory Commission (KPPU) has officially begun its investigation into alleged cartel practices by airlines that are suspected of being responsible for exorbitant ticket prices for domestic flights.

“Recently we had begun to look into a potential airplane ticketing cartel. Now, we have started an investigation,” said KPPU commissioner Guntur Syahputra Saragih on Monday as reported by kontan.co.id.

He said the KPPU had summoned several parties, including the Indonesian National Air Carriers Association (INACA), flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, Sriwijaya Air, Wings Air, Batik Air, Citilink Indonesia and travel agents, to gather information.

Guntur said he appreciated that INACA and Garuda Indonesia cooperated in the investigation process by submitting data but noted that more data was needed for a more complete investigation.

“We hope that other airlines will also want to cooperate,” Guntur said, declining to go into detail about the data the KPPU obtained from INACA and Garuda. (bbn)