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TRANSPORTATION MINISTER ASKS AIRLINES TO OFFER AFFORDABLE FLIGHT FARES

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Minister of Transportation, Budi Karya Sumadi.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi has called on airlines to offer domestic flights at more affordable prices to the public.

“We urge airline companies to offer more reasonable tariffs (for domestic flights) to the public,” Sumadi told reporters in Jakarta on Thursday (30/5/2019).

The Ministry of Transportation has lowered the tariffs for flight ticket prices to between 12 percent and 16 percent, and a 12 percent drop to be made on busiest routes, including those in the Java region, whereas other tariff reductions were made for flights on routes, including to Jayapura.

The decision was made following a coordination meeting by the Economic Coordination Ministry that agreed to change the upper limit tariff (TBA) that assigned the Ministry of Transportation to amend KM 72 of 2019 on the Upper Limit Tariff of Economy Class Domestic Passenger Air Transportation Services.

Amendment to the decree was stipulated in Transportation Minister’s Decree No. 106 of 2019 concerning the Upper Limit Tariff of Economy Class Domestic Passenger Commercial Air Transportation Service Passengers.

This new decision will be reviewed in a three-monthly period and at any time in the event of major changes that affect the sustainability of the activities of the air transport business entity.

Director General of Civil Aviation of the Ministry of Transportation Polana Banguningsih Pramesti remarked that the reduction by 12-16 percent in TBA continued to prioritize major factors, including security and flight accuracy (On-Time Performance).

He explained that the cost component contributing to the reduction in TBA arose from the operational effectiveness of aircraft at the airport to ensure fuel efficiency and also optimize efficiency of aircraft operating hours. (ant)

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FERTILIZER INDONESIA NAMED MOST CREATIVE COMPANY IN 2019

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Pupuk Indonesia also won an award from Warta Ekonomi Magazine in the 2019 Indonesia Partnership and Community Development Program Award : Synergy for Building the Country.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – Fertilizer company PT Pupuk Indonesia was named Indonesia’s Most Creative Company in 2019 by SWA Magazine at the Best Outstanding Innovator (OCI) and Indonesia Most Creative Company 2019 award.

In a press release received here on Wednesday (19/6/2019), the award was given by SWA Chief General Kemal Gani and Executive Director of PPM Management Bramantyo Ilham to the Head of Corporate Communications of PT Pupuk Indonesia Wijaya Laksana during a ceremony here on Monday (June 17/6) evening.

“This award was achieved thanks to hard work and company loyalty through creative ideas and innovation. This achievement will also motivate employees to always innovate in overcoming challenges in their respective companies,” Wijaya said.

Fertilizer Indonesia, as one of the largest fertilizer companies in the Asia Pacific market, is considered successful in creating cooperation between companies in the fertilizer sector in order to increase efficiencies so that the products produced have high competitiveness.

Not long ago, Pupuk Indonesia also won an award from Warta Ekonomi Magazine in the 2019 Indonesia Partnership and Community Development Program Award: Synergy for Building the Country.

As an Investment Holding Company which houses 10 agrochemical and petrochemical companies, PT Pupuk Indonesia has a serious focus in strengthening the culture of quality and competitiveness through the development of innovation and productivity in each of its subsidiaries. (ade)

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USE OF TOLL ROAD REST AREAS STUDIED BY MINISTRY

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Director General of Land Transportation, Ministry of Transportation, Budi Setyadi.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – The Ministry of Transportation conducted a study to ensure that rest areas are used at their maximum levels on toll roads, while not impacting traffic congestion when there is a surge in the volume of vehicles.

“Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi told me that he had the idea of optimizing the rest areas by expanding the number of vehicles, while not impacting congestion,” said Director General of Land Transportation, Ministry of Transportation, Budi Setyadi, here on Wednesday (19/6/2019).

The instructions delivered by the Minister of Transportation includes the creation of rest areas that offer refueling and toilet services, without the presence of food and beverage centers.

“The Minister asked for large rest areas that could accommodate many vehicles, and would be sufficient for refueling services, but not for food and so on. This is in our review process,” he said.

Budi said, a number of existing rest areas are currently located on large enough land so that they only need development of their facilities.

They also are considering a plan to close a number of toll road rest areas, which are believed to trigger congestion.

“When the homecoming and return takes place, many people stop at rest areas. So there is an idea to close the rest area on kilometers 62, 52 and 42 of the Jakarta-Cikampek Toll Road,” he said.

Budi said the effort to reduce traffic around the rest areas by the new PT Jasa Marga operator at the traffic management level included limiting the entry of vehicles, as well as imposing a ban on heavy tonnage vehicles in rest areas.

The Head of the Traffic Corps of the Indonesian National Police, Inspector General Refdi Andri, said alternative rest areas were needed to anticipate congestion.

Alternative rest areas will only provide certain facilities, such as gas stations and toilets. Unlike main rest areas that also offer food and snacks. (eli)

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GARUDA INDONESIA ELECTED CHIEF OF AAPA SECURITY COMMITTEE MEETING

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The meeting coincided with the 23rd meeting of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) Cargo Security Working Group (CSWG)-Information Exchange and Aviation Cyber Security Resilience Workshop.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Kuala Lumpur – National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia was elected chairman of the 35th meeting of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) Security Committee (SC) held in Kuala Lumpur from June 12 to 14, 2019.

“PT Garuda Indonesia Vice President for Corporate Security Santoso led the Garuda Indonesia delegation while in Kuala Lumpur from June 12 to 15, 2019,” Garuda Indonesia General Manager for Malaysia Fredrik Kasiepo said here on Sunday (16/6/2019).

The meeting coincided with the 23rd meeting of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) Cargo Security Working Group (CSWG)-Information Exchange and Aviation Cyber Security Resilience Workshop.

On the sidelines of the meetings, chief of the Garuda Indonesia delegation paid a visit to the check-in counter and operational activities at Kuala Lumpur Internasional Airport (KLIA).

Santosa said the event directly gave updated information about aviation security especially in the Asia-Pacific region and improved airline companies’ knowledge of effective security yardstick which can be applied to their operations.

“It is special pride not only for Garuda Indonesia but also for the Indonesian nation that this year Garuda Indonesia enjoyed the trust to lead the AAPA Security Committee (SC) Meeting,” he said.

The meeting brought together all airlines members, and IATA & US Transport Security Administration (TSA) representative. (asn)

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