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Garuda comes to rescue as Sriwijaya struggles to stay afloat

  • Riza Roidila Mufti

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, October 2, 2019   /  08:00 am
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A PT Sriwijaya Air aircraft is seen at the Syukuran Aminuddin Amir Airport in Luwuk, Central Sulawesi, in this file photo.(Kompas.com/I Made Asdhiana)

State flag carrier Garuda Indonesia Group will support Sriwijaya Air Group, as problems ranging from safety to finances mount, forcing Sriwijaya to stop operations for more than half of its fleets. The decision to resume management partnership was made in a process that the State-Owned Enterprises Ministry facilitated, said Juliandra Nurtjahjo, the president director of Citilink Indonesia, the low-cost carrier arm of Garuda Indonesia. It resolved a recent management partnership dispute between the two airline groups. “Hopefully with this good commitment and momentum this could be a turning point for us to be recommitted and for both parties to prioritize safety, airplane airworthiness, customers, and this is part of rescuing the country’s assets to support the state of Sriwijaya [...],” Juliandra told a press briefing on Tuesday. Sriwijaya, owned by tycoon Chan...