Tigerair Mandala Airline continues to strip-off more routes and flights from its domestic network in a measure to stem mounting financial losses. Meanwhile, the Indonesian Civil Aviation Authorities are undertaking an audit of the airline's finances to determine whether the airlines is financially able to continue to operate.
This follows reports in the marketplace that Tiger Airways Holdings, who hold 40% of Tigerair Mandala’s shares, is seeking to either sell its shareholding or close the airline.
The Director General of Civil Aviation for Indonesia, Djoko Murjatmojo, has told the press that he is unclear if Tigerair Mandala has filed the required applications to close domestic routes. He added that his office was still reviewing the finances of the airline to determine its financial state of affairs. That report is expected to be in hand in June of 2014.
All Indonesian airlines are required by law to provided financial reports to the Ministry of Transportation to determine if a carrier has the wherewithal to continue safe operations.
Bisnis.com was unable to contact the spokesman for Tigerair Mandala, Lucas Suryananta, for comment on the airlines current condition. Earlier, however, Suryananta had told the newspaper that the restructuring of the Airline’s route network was purely a business decision done to remove unprofitable services.
Among the many routes closed by Tigerair Mandala were its Surabaya – Hong Kong service closed on February 10, 2014; Surabaya – Kuala Lumpur on February 11, 2014; and Jakarta – Kuala Lumpur on February 18, 2014.
Additionally, Jakarta – Pekanbaru closed on February 18, 2014; Medan – Singapore closed on February 18, 2014; Jakarta – Yogyakarta, Jakarta – Singapore and Pekanbaru – Singapore both closed on March 3, 2013.
Also closed on March 17, 2014 were Jakarta – Surabaya and Surabaya – Bangkok.
Jakarta to Hong Kong service by Tigerair Mandala stopped on April 11, 2014,
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