This Is the Reason Why Garuda Indonesia Cut Some Routes, Is Batam Included?
Garuda Indonesia reduced or even closed a number of flight routes that were empty of passengers. Is Batam included?
TRIBUNBATAM.id - Garuda Indonesia reduced or even closed a number of flight routes that were empty of passengers, such as Jambi, Batam, North Sulawesi, and other eastern regions.
Garuda's Director of Operations, Bambang Adisurya Angkasa, said that his party was experiencing severe conditions due to the high cost of aviation fuel and lonely passengers on these routes. However, flight in remote areas is still very important.
"Regarding the closure of several routes such as Jambi, Batam, and Eastern routes, we have a difficult position. On the one hand Garuda must be able to survive, but on the other hand the need for flights in remote areas is important," said Pikri Ilham Kurniansyah in Jakarta , Monday (11/25/2019).
To be able to fly the aircraft to these routes again, it requires coordination and contributions from all parties, especially the Local Government. Local governments can coordinate passenger needs with aircraft capacity.
If coordination runs smoothly, flights can continue as open as direct flights from Jakarta to Nias.
"For example, Jakarta-Nias, it all contributed. We have also coordinated with several Regents in the Halmahera area to build a synergy. So, they consider this aircraft is not a Garuda aircraft, just consider a regional plane," he said.
In addition, later large-bodied aircraft serving routes to Bali, Medan, Surabaya, Balikpapan, and Ujung Pandang will be connected with small aircraft such as ATR aircraft to fly in remote areas.
"We will connect the large-bodied aircraft with the small aircraft, to fly in remote areas," he said.
Previously, the Minister of Transportation, Budi Karya Sumadi also wanted coordination from the Regional Government to assess the needs of passengers with aircraft capacity in order to prevent airplane seat vacancies. (*)