Sandiaga Reveals 2 Causes of Expensive Domestic Plane Ticket Prices Lifestyle – 48 minutes ago

Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – The Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy (Menparekraf), Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno, revealed two main reasons why domestic flight ticket prices tend to be expensive. According to Sandi, the small number of flights that do not meet the travel needs of domestic tourists (wisnus) is one of the main causes of increasing airplane ticket prices.

Therefore, Sandi said that the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy (Kemenparekraf) will collaborate with a number of parties to increase the number of aircraft so that the number of available seats also increases.

“This is still being studied by the Ministry of Transportation (Kemenhub) and we are of course consulting and anticipating how this decision can strengthen our aviation industry so that we can increase the number of aircraft,” said Sandi in a media meeting at the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy Office, Monday (30/10/2023).


“By increasing the number of planes, flight frequency and seat availability will increase, which in the medium and medium-long term will result in a decrease in plane ticket prices,” he continued.

Furthermore, Sandi also said that rising oil prices due to geopolitical factors were the cause of increasing domestic plane ticket prices.

Prospective passengers departing the Jakarta-Bali route at Soetta Airport, Tangerang, Banten, Thursday 28/4.  Pelita Air Service (PAS) airline officially carries out regular flights starting today.  (CNBC Indonesia/Muhammad Sabki)Photo: Illustration of domestic airlines (CNBC Indonesia/Muhammad Sabki)
Prospective passengers departing the Jakarta-Bali route at Soetta Airport, Tangerang, Banten, Thursday

“We realized that one of the triggers was the increase in oil prices due to the geopolitical situation,” said Sandi.

“[Namun] “If there are collaborative steps between the government and industry, there is potential for lower ticket prices to be more affordable in the future for domestic tourists,” added Sandi.

Residents complain about expensive domestic plane tickets

Previously, a number of netizens complained about expensive plane ticket prices for a number of domestic trips. Based on monitoring by CNBC Indonesia, the complaints were still ongoing until Tuesday (31/10/2023).

“What does this mean? Airline ticket prices are really expensive. You can get to Aussie at this price, huft,” wrote one netizen, X (formerly Twitter), Tuesday (31/10/2023).

“How come the Bali-Lombok plane ticket price is so expensive!! More expensive than Bali-JKT,” complained another netizen X.

In line with the netizen’s complaints, freelance worker, Abel Timothy, admitted that the price of domestic plane tickets had recently increased quite a bit. In fact, he was willing to switch to using long-distance trains to reduce travel costs.

“For flights on fat routes, such as Jakarta to Bali, you actually still get standard prices. However, for other routes, such as Jakarta to Surabaya or Jakarta to Yogyakarta, they do increase. [harga tiketnya],” said Abel to CNBC Indonesia, Wednesday (1/11/2023).

“The difference is quite big, actually, the same as the price of a train ticket. That’s why I prefer to take the train. After all, in terms of time it’s not that much different. So with a comparison of almost IDR 300 to IDR 400 thousand, it’s better for me to take the train,” continued Abel.

Based on CNBC Indonesia’s searches through a number of Online Travel Agents (OTA), the lowest price for plane tickets for the Jakarta-Denpasar route in November 2023 is IDR 642 thousand to IDR 1.06 million.

Meanwhile, the lowest price for plane tickets for the Jakarta-Yogyakarta route in November 2023 is IDR 673 thousand to IDR 728 thousand.

Finally, the lowest price for plane tickets for the Jakarta-Lombok route in November 2023 is IDR 1.3 million to IDR 1.5 million.

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