National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has promised to give special airfare discounts to those traveling on several domestic routes ahead of the Christmas and New Year holiday season.
Garuda’s commercial director Pikri Ilham Kurniansyah said that his company would offer the discounts on 14 domestic routes starting Wednesday.
“The ticket discount is up to 30 percent to 40 percent for several routes […] flying to specific destinations for the Christmas and New Year holiday, such as Papua and Ambon [in Maluku],” he said in Jakarta on Thursday.
According to Garuda Indonesia’s official website, discounts of up to 40 percent are only applicable for selected flights on Tuesday and Thursday.
Pikri said Garuda would evaluate ticket prices in the future to decide whether the discounts would be given even after the holiday season.
Aside from giving airfare discounts, Garuda would also increase its seat capacity, especially on flights to holiday destinations, such as Labuan Bajo in East Nusa Tenggara, Denpasar in Bali, Surabaya in East Java and Yogyakarta.
Previously, Garuda announced it was preparing 2,495 additional seats as it anticipated a surge in passengers during the holidays. The additional seats will be available from Dec. 20 to Jan. 6.
The country’s aviation industry usually sees a spike in air travel during the Christmas and New Year holiday season, making airfares skyrocket. During a recent hearing with lawmakers, several airline executives said the high jet fuel price had prevented them from lowering ticket prices.
On Monday, state-owned oil company Pertamina, the sole jet fuel provider in Indonesia, answered the complaints by temporarily slashing the jet fuel price by 20 percent at selected airports in eastern Indonesia ahead of the holidays.
The discounted prices will be applied from Dec. 9 to Jan. 31 at airports in Manado, North Sulawesi; Ambon; and Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara.