The Jakarta Post
Flag carrier Garuda Indonesia is offering 50 percent discounts on airfares from March 31 to April 13 to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the State-Owned Enterprises Ministry.
“Lowering the airfares is Garuda Indonesia’s consistent commitment to making its 5-star service affordable for all Indonesian people,” Garuda Indonesia commerce director Pikri Ilham Kurniansyah said in a statement on Thursday.
He said the discount was available for purchases through the Garuda Online Travel Festival, online travel agents, mobile apps, Linkaja and the official website of the airline: garuda-indonesia.com.
The offer was part of the airline’s support for the country’s economy, particularly for the tourist industry, small and medium enterprises and the national logistics sector, Pikri said.
Previously, the Transportation Ministry announced that it would soon issue a regulation on airfares in a bid to lower prices, as the government maintains airlines have not significantly cut fares since President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo called on them to do so in early February.
Meanwhile, Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan also suggested that the government invite private companies into the jet fuel or avtur business to create more competition and thereby lower the prices.
Pikri said Garuda Indonesia would continuously offer price cuts in accordance with the people’s expectation. He called on the people to order the tickets long before their departure dates, so that they could get price cuts.
“We also call on other airlines to make similar moves by offering airfare discounts in cooperation with other companies to help boost the national economy,” Pikri added. (bbn)