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Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs, Luhut Binsar Panjaitan., Jakarta – Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Panjaitan stated that the operation of foreign airlines in Indonesia should be studied, in a bid to offer more competitive ticket prices.

“We should be careful about it, because we already have AirAsia airlines,” Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said here on Tuesday (11/6/2019).

The government, he noted, is still learning about rules regarding shared ownership of foreign airlines operating in Indonesia.

“We will look and learn about the rules,” the senior minister stated.

Luhut opined that the ideas by President Joko Widodo regarding the operation of foreign airlines would be carried out gradually.

“Foreign airlines can operate in Indonesia, but we have to do it slowly,” the minister said.

He remarked that Indonesia’s domestic flight tickets are priced as the sixth lowest in the world

However, he admitted that there are a number of factors involved in an increase in flight ticket prices.

He argued that one of the factors is the price of jet fuel. The price of fuel is higher than the Mid Oil Singapore price.

Another factor are the inefficiencies that have impacted the operations of the country’s two main airlines, Garuda Indonesia and Lion Air. (azi)

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