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JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Indonesian Government plans to reviewing the paid baggage policy applied by the Low Cost Carrier, after finding there are still many users of air transport services who do not understand the procedures for purchasing baggage by prepaid.

According to Director General of Air Transportation of the Ministry of Transportation Polana B. Ramesti, the Government still monitor several things that need to be followed up since Lion Air and Wings Air applied paid baggage on late Jan. 31, 2019.

“Passengers buy a lot at the check-in counter at the excess baggage ticket price” she said at the her office, on Friday (02/01).

Polana revealed that the purchase of paid baggage by Lion Air’ official website still has a number of drawbacks on the system. Some of them are paid baggage purchases for direct, transit and transfer flights carried out by Lion Air, Wings Air, Batik Air or a combination thereof.

With that, she asked Lion Air Group to be more intensive to socialize baggage rates by prepaid. Because, if people can pay attention to the right way, can suppress the cost of the baggage.

Previously, reported that the imposing paid baggage policy on domestic aviation corporations turned out to have a significant impact on the trend of a decline in the number of domestic tourists in recent months.

This was acknowledged by the Ministry of Tourism, who said that there was a reluctance of the public to travel because of higher flight tickets. Moreover, tourist expenditures for transportation spending are around 30-40 percent of total expenditure on tourist trips.

In terms of tourism, this paid baggage also reduces the number of airplane passengers and travel cancellations occur by tourists in several places, reported the ministry.

It seem that there is a downward trend in the use of aircraft services that have been felt in the last few months when there was a policy in force. For example, flights from Riau are down 40 percent than usual.

The further impact was that the public would prefer to travel abroad, which is cheaper than domestic tourism, so that it would also contribute significantly to the growth of the national tourism industry. In addition, travel agents and Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises will also be affected, where there will be a surge in inter-island distribution costs of goods sold.

Furthermore the ministry said, souvenir craftsmen will also be affected because passengers cannot possibly carry excessive goods at high prices.

Therefore, the government and the airplanes must be a create conducive industrial climate in order to achieve the development of economic sectors that are the driving force of foreign exchange, tourism in particular, without neglecting the aviation world.

Written by Daniel Deha, Email: theinsiderstories@gmail.com

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