June 12, 2020, 07.00 PM
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On the other hand, the airline industry in Indonesia will gradually increase its passenger capacity to 100 percent.

For now, Transport Ministry’s Director General of Aviation Novie Riyanto said the focus is on ensuring optimal safety of airplanes.

The goal is to prevent the spread of the novel Covid-19 virus while also training airline personnel on handling Coronavirus cases.

As of 12 June, Indonesia reported 1,111 new Coronavirus cases, making the total number of confirmed Covid-19 patients to 36,427.

Read Also: Indonesia’s Coronavirus Death Toll Now At 2000

Garuda Indonesia amidst pandemic

Indonesian national airline carrier Garuda Indonesia has faced several woes since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic.

It took the beating from national and international restrictions that caused the drop in daily flights.

The company had to ground 70 percent of its fleet although Garuda Indonesia has used the time to carry out maintenance checks of its planes.

In May, the Indonesian government allocated Rp 8.5 trillion in working capital guarantee to the struggling airline.

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