Garuda Indonesia Brings Good News, Daily Passenger Traffic Increases 50 Percent When PPKM Level Drops
Garuda Indonesia aircraft. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

JAKARTA - The government has lowered the level of application of restrictions on community activities (PPKM) from 4 to 3 in several areas in the country. The relaxation of restrictions on community activities brings hope for the recovery of the performance of PT Garuda Indonesia Tbk (GIAA). In fact, the number of daily passengers is currently increasing by 50 percent

President Director of Garuda Indonesia, Irfan Setiaputra, said that it is undeniable that the imposition of restrictions on community mobility in line with the soaring number of COVID-19 cases in the country has had a significant impact on the sustainability of the air transportation service business, including Garuda Indonesia.

Furthermore, Irfan said Garuda Indonesia is optimistic that domestic flight traffic and the occupancy rate of aircraft passengers will gradually recover as in the period before the implementation of the PPKM policy in line with the decline in the positivity rate for COVID-19 cases at the national level.

"The current number of Garuda Indonesia passengers has shown a positive upward trend where the average daily passenger traffic has managed to increase by more than 50 percent compared to the PPKM level 4 implementation period some time ago," he said in a written statement, Tuesday, August 31. .

With the increase in community activities, said Irfan, Garuda Indonesia will continue to optimize the accessibility of flight services. This is done by increasing the frequency and routes according to demand as part of Garuda's efforts to support the mobility of the Indonesian people.

Furthermore, in order to prepare airlines and the aviation industry when various countries are gradually easing regional restrictions, Garuda Indonesia is also testing the IATA Travel Pass application for the Jakarta-Haneda PP flight route.

Irfan said the trial is expected not only to provide convenience for passengers in managing international travel documents, but also to provide certainty and trust for destination countries regarding the validity of health credential documents as required by local authorities.

"Although we project that 2021 will still be a very challenging year for efforts to recover the Company's business performance, we hope that passenger transport traffic as one of the Company's main sources of revenue will gradually increase again in line with the PPKM relaxation policy at the national level as well as the easing of restrictions on community mobility. between countries at the global level," he said.

Garuda Indonesia, said Irfan, will also continue to take various strategic steps to accelerate the recovery of business performance through optimizing other business lines such as cargo and charter transportation which is projected to continue to grow in the future, including maximizing ancillary revenue through cooperation schemes with various potential partners of Garuda Indonesia. .

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