July 15, 2020, 07.53 PM

On July 14, the company had 10 flights specifically for transporting cargo.

Irfan said that although Garuda Indonesia does not have aircraft specifically for cargo, the company has gained permission from the Ministry of Transportation.

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As such, it can transport cargo above the machine of its aircraft engine for a maximum weight of 70 kilograms.

Irfan said that Garuda Indonesia has renegotiated payments to service providers, airports, and jet fuel providers.

To rescue Indonesia’s national airline, additional drastic measures include offering early retirement to 400 of the company’s employees for those aged 45 years and above.

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Irfan stressed that the option of early retirement is voluntary.

Moreover, 800 of its part-time employees were offered unpaid leave while Garuda Indonesia’s board of commissioners and directors have taken a hefty pay cut since April.

The company’s undertaking in recent months is expected to help it save $67 million by year-end.

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