Jakarta, CNN Indonesia —
Garuda Indonesia President and Director Irfan Setiaputra said the five routes would be kept because they still offer advantages. Meanwhile, other international routes will have to be closed for business efficiency reasons.
“While we have closed many international (routes), we have closed while the ones we still operate or fly are Hong Kong, Sydney, Narita, Seoul, China,” said Irfan in an online presentation of the third quarter of 2021 unveiling, Monday (20/20). / 12).
Then this national airline also maintains the route Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. However, Jeddah did not enter the international route as it was dedicated only to Umrah.
Even so, Garuda Indonesia has currently not reopened any flights to Jeddah. This is because the Ministry of Religions is still delaying Umrah’s departure until next year.
The route to Jeddah, said Irfan, will be reopened if there is confirmation from the government. In addition, Umrah flights will open when the community and agents have met the requirements set by the government.
“I deliberately did not include Jeddah as it is closely related to Umrah. Since Umrah has not yet opened, the requirements are still quite high, we have decided not to fly first, ”explained Irfan.
On the other hand, Garuda Indonesia will close a number of domestic routes. One of them is Bandung-Denpasar. Irfan did not explain in detail the list of flights that the state airline would close.
“Experience also teaches that the best way to do this is to operate aircraft on profitable routes, to slowly open other routes and to increase frequency,” concluded Irfan.
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