The Jakarta Post
The policy allows airlines to offer discounts of up to 50 percent for plane tickets to 10 tourist destinations from March 1 to May 31. (Shutterstock.com/e X p o s e)
National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia and its low-cost subsidiary Citilink began cutting their airfares for several domestic routes on Sunday, following the issuance of a government incentive policy to lower the price of tickets to 10 priority tourist destinations.
In a statement, Garuda Indonesia president director Irfan Setiaputra said the group supported the policy and remained committed to helping boost the recovery of the country's tourism amid a deadly coronavirus outbreak.
The policy allows airlines to offer discounts of up to 50 percent for plane tickets to 10 tourist destinations from March 1 to May 31. These destinations include Batam and Tanjung Pinang in Riau Islands, Bali, Yogyakarta, Labuan Bajo in East Nusa Tenggara, Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara, Malang in East Java, Manado in North Sulawesi, Lake Toba in North Sumatra and Tanjung Pandan in Bangka Belitung Islands.
Both airlines have flights to all 10 destinations and are said to offer discounted fares to 25 percent of their total passengers for these routes, which translates to around 65,000 seats per month for Garuda Indonesia.
"Passengers can access this discounted fares on all channels of Garuda Indonesia Group," the statement continued, which includes both carriers' 24-hour call centers, websites, mobile apps and partner travel agencies.
The outbreak has affected the operations and financial performances of many airlines, including Garuda Indonesia, which has been forced to cancel flights to and from China, as well as reduce services to several Southeast Asian destinations, such as Singapore and Hong Kong.
The incentive is part of the government's Rp 10.3 trillion ($742 million) stimulus package, which was announced on Tuesday and aims to boost consumer spending and tourism. (kes)
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