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Garuda Pilots Agree Not to Launch a Strike Action During the Peak Lebaran Travel Period
CNN Indonesia reports that an accord has been reached between the Pilots and Crew of Garuda Indonesia, the management of Garuda Indonesia, and the Indonesian Government that a threatened general strike will not take place during the coming peak Lebaran travel period.

The CEO of Garuda Indonesia, Pahala N. Mansury, in a written statement issued on Saturday, June 2, 2018, expressed his Airline’s appreciation to the Garuda Pilots Association (APG) and the Garuda Workers’ Union for their commitment to provide service to the public over the peak travel season of Lebaran. Mansury also gave credit to the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs for his direct intervention in discussions taking place between the Airline and its employees.

The Minister warned the pilots and the Airline’s union that a strike action during the Lebaran period would disrupt public order and violate the rights of Indonesian consumers. Luhut also ordered the Airline’s management to intensify their dialog with its workers.

Mansury told the press that Garuda’s Board of Directors has met more than 90% of the aspirational demands of the pilots and union and there were no issues affecting employee welfare still on the table affecting plans for a system-wide strike.

Based on the shared agreement to delay any strike plans until at least the peak travel period has past, Mansury urged the public to remain calm and continue to book and travel the national flag carrier.

In order to handle the increased levels of passenger traffic in mid-June, Garuda will operate an additional 150,510 seats system wide. The peak Lebaran travel period will commence on June 8, 2018 and last until June 24, 2018 affecting both domestic and international services flown by the Airline.

The 150,510 seats during the Lebaran period will come from a total 768 additional flights, 480 of which will be flown by the Garuda subsidiary Citilink and 288 by Garuda Indonesia. The additional flights represent a 30% increase over the number of additional seats flown by Garuda during Lebaran in 2017.

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