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Airlines asked to cut fares as Christmas, New Year approach

  • Riza Roidila Mufti

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, November 27, 2019   /  03:37 pm
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A Lion Air plane at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten. The House of Representatives has asked the government to find a way to cut airfares ahead of the Christmas and New Year holiday season. (JP/Ricky Yudhistira)

The House of Representatives has asked local airlines to lower their fares so that more people, especially those from the eastern parts of Indonesia, can visit their hometowns for the upcoming Christmas and New Year holiday season. In order to enable airline companies cut their prices, the government as the shareholder should ask state-owned oil and gas company Pertamina to cut the price of aviation fuel, believed to be 25 percent higher than that in Singapore, Willem Wandik, a member of the House Commission V, said. During a hearing with representatives of the Transportation Ministry and major airline operators in Jakarta on Monday, Willem said that airfares for flights from Jakarta to eastern parts of Indonesia such as Papua were extraordinarily high, partly due to high jet fuel prices. “For those of us who are living in eastern Indonesia, airfares are very expensive. &n...