MINISTRY of Tourism and Creative Economy together with the Indonesia National Air Carriers Association (INACA) are ready to collaborate to foster a sense of security and comfort for traveling after the crash of Sriwijaya Air SJ 182 on January 9, 2021.

According to the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno, in his statement, said that the tragedy that happened to Sriwijaya SJ 182 also affected people’s concerns about using the flight path to tourist destinations.

Therefore, Sandiaga asked INACA to provide the best service in the aviation industry, so that people would feel safe and comfortable when they wanted to use air transportation.

“Moreover, we received a test a few days ago with our friend Sriwijaya Air SJ 182, we must present a sense of security, comfort, and good service, so that we continue to grow and develop tourism destinations in every corner of the country. Good for super priority destinations that we continue to do. improve the quality and other destinations. Or other superior destinations, such as Jakarta, Bali, Jogja, Semarang, Surabaya, and so on,” Sandiaga said.

Furthermore, Sandiaga explained that airlines are considered important and fundamental to encourage the progress of tourism and Indonesia’s creative economy.

“The aviation industry can encourage the progress of the local economy in the targeted tourism destinations, both destinations that developed earlier such as Bali or new destinations,” Sandiaga noted.

Not only that, the revival of the parekraf sector is also considered important for job opening. Because, now more than 30 million people depend on this sector for their livelihoods.

“So, we must have domestic flights that function safely and comfortably because this will also have an effect later on people who depend on their livelihoods in the tourism sector and the creative economy,” Sandiaga added.

Sandiaga hopes that the collaboration between Kemenparekraf and INACA can build an airline industry which will also have an impact on the revival of the tourism sector and the creative economy.

Meanwhile, the General Chairman of INACA, Denon Prawiraatmadja, hopes that the accident will not happen again. So that this does not make flight ratings drop in international eyes which can also have an effect on the tourism sector in Indonesia.

“We hope that together we can prevent a similar disaster from happening again, so that our flight rating does not drop in the eyes of the international community. Don’t let it. We should keep this together,” said Denon.

Denon continued, one of the efforts initiated by INACA in encouraging the parekraf sector is to run a safe travel campaign to provide health insurance and flight safety for tourist travel. The campaign is also expected to revive the aviation industry which has been affected by the corona virus pandemic.

Likewise, CEO of Garuda Indonesia who played a role in INACA as Chairman of the INACA Advisory Board, Irfan Setiaputra said that the Tourism Ministry and INACA needed to create a new strategy to restore passenger confidence in the COVID-19 pandemic situation until the Sriwijaya SJ 182 plane crash occurred.

“We are looking for a way to get through this. Moreover, the Sriwijaya case makes us need a new strategy to increase public trust,” he concluded. [ special]