The Ministry of Transportation (MoT) plans to raise flight ticket prices after the enactment of large-scale social distancing in some regions. The new policy is regulated through ministerial decree Number 18 of 2020 concerning Transportation Controls to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19.
According to director-general at the ministry, Novie Riyanto, the regulation has been issued on April 9 signed by Luhut Binsar Panjaitan as the ad interim transportation ministry. He said the number of passengers during the large-scale social distancing is limited to 50% of capacity. As such, the airfares are likely to double from current prices.
Panjaitan is targeting to approve the price revisions in the near future so airlines can immediately implement new tariffs. This policy is expected to be a stimulus for airlines that are forced to limit the number of passengers.