TRANSPORTATION Minister Budi Karya Sumadi prepared a scheme to provide incentives to airlines so that they could survive in the midst of the effects of the Corona virus outbreak.

“Flights can survive, hotels can survive, and finally the opportunity does not work that does not happen. We heard that in China, they were laid off. Well, we hope that will not happen,” said the Transportation Minister.

He added, the provision of incentives was in accordance with President Joko Widodo’s direction, including reducing the airline’s obligation to deposit Non-Tax State Revenues, cutting landing fees.

“Say about airlines that have to pay Non-Tax State Revenues, we will reduce it. Then from Angkasa Pura 1, Angkasa Pura 2, the landing fee is reduced, the room rent might be discounted,” he said.

He also mentioned that this effort must be carried out jointly between airport operators, airlines, and hospitality which must both provide incentives. In addition to providing incentives, I will also provide convenience, then provide cheaper tariffs to three destinations visited by many Chinese tourists, such as Bali, Manado, Riau Islands.

“Four, recommend hotels also provide better rates. Fifth, we are assigned to make activities at the destination destination so that these areas remain crowded,” he said.

In addition, Budi said, there was a 30% reduction in the frequency of flights to China. For that, I will divert flights to South Asia, such as Pakistan, Bangladesh, and others.

“I ask Garuda Indonesia, Batik and Lion Air, AirAsia should look for connectivity to West Asia. There is no frequency reduction for cargo shipments by sea. One, we open wide logistical or cargo opportunities and so far the ship has not diminished to date. So what we can do is provide a good service to them and keep it open to and from China,” Budi Karya concluded. [antaranews]