July 15, 2020, 07.53 PM

KOMPAS.com – Indonesia’s national airline Garuda Indonesia has reported debt and bank loans as of July 1 totalling $2.2 billion or Rp 31.9 trillion as it struggles to stay afloat amid the  coronavirus pandemic

In addressing the economic hardship brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, Garuda Indonesia has taken steps to operate more efficiently, according to CEO Irfan Setiaputra during a meeting with Indonesia’s House of Representatives Commission VI on July 14.

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Garuda Indonesia’s $2.2 billion debt comprises of $905 million short-term loans and $645 million long-term loans.

“The $645 million loans encompass $500 million in Sukuk financing that we have negotiated and extended the date of payment for another three years. The deadline to pay back the loan would have been June 3, 2020, but is now until June 3, 2023,” said Irfan.

Indonesia’s national airline has a remaining cash flow of $14.5 million or Rp 210 billion.

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Restructuring

Aside from restructuring the company’s debts, Irfan said that Garuda Indonesia has also restructured its plane leases to push down the price of aircraft.

Other measures taken include maximizing flights for cargo and rentals.

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