TEMPO.CO, Jakarta -The Indonesian Transportation Ministry officially responded to Singapore Airlines, and Silk Air, reducing flight services across its network that also includes Jakarta - Singapore flights.
The Ministry’s director-general of air transport Novie Riyanto said the flights were canceled due to weak demands amidst the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.
“The demands are indeed weak,” said Novie to Tempo on Mocoronavinday, February 25.
Novie assured that the directorate-general was informed prior to the flight cancelation and maintains that it will not be permanent as it is scheduled to resume normal flight schedules in May 2020.
He also explained that Singapore Airlines continues to serve flights to other Indonesian cities such as Denpasar.
Tempo tried to confirm this to Singapore Airlines Indonesia PR manager Glory Henriette but has yet received any response. The flight cancellation was reportedly initially announced from the air carrier’s social media.
Singapore Airlines’ Twitter account explained that the flight reduction affects six flights, including Silk Air, have been canceled flights from Jakarta to Singapore that initially was set to depart on March 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 18, 22, 27, 29.
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