Lower Fares Three Times a Week
Government Compels Lower Fares on Citilink and Lion Airs on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
In an attempt to remedy the nation-wide decline in domestic tourism caused by recent increases in air ticket prices, the government announced that 50% discounts are now available during specific time periods.
As reported by The Jakarta Globe, Sisiwijono, the secretary of the Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, said on Monday, July 8, 2019: "Lower airfares will be available on certain flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Airlines will be available to offer lower airfares for up to 30 percent of the total number of seats on each flight."
The directive to Indonesia’s airline industry to reduce airfares came after a meeting between the Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, the Minister of Transportation and a representative from the State-owned flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, a representative from the Lion Air Groups, and Angkasa Pura I & II that manage the nation’s main airports.
The lower airfares became available on 64 flights operated by Citilink – the low cost subsidiary of Garuda Indonesia and 146 Lion Air flights. That equates to weekly discounts on 3,000 Citilink flights and 8,000 seat on Lion Air.
Aggressive air fare increases introduced since the start of 2019 have dramatically impacted domestic travel across the nation with lead on effects to hotels and tourism operators.