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Indonesia Puts Out the Welcome Mat

Landing Fees and Ground Handling Charges Restructured to Increase Flight Frequencies at Indonesia's Airports.

(4/11/2009) Travel Trade Gazette (TTG) reports that the government of Indonesia is adopting an unusually pro-active stance to assist international airlines serving the country.

To keep Indonesian airports competitive, the international per passenger route charge has been reduced from US$0.65 to US$0.55 and taxes waived for flights, avio bridges, container and passenger handling charges. Also waived were tariffs for landing, placement and parking services (PJP4U).

According to TTG, to encourage high flight frequencies the PJP4U tariff has been waived from March 1 until September 30, 2009, for new international routes and additional frequencies using Hasanuddin Airport in Makassar, Sepinggan in Balikpapan and Sam Ratulangi in Manado.

Meanwhile, progressive discounts on landing fees, effective through September 30, 2009, are being given to new air routes and frequencies using Ngurah Rai Airport in Bali, Juanda Airport in Surabaya, Adisucipto Airport in Yogyakarta and Adisumarno in Solo. In a move to encourage promotion of new routes, better service and lower fares - a discount of 30% on landing fees will be extended to airplanes operating with load capacities between 50% and 70%, a 40% discount for planes with load factors between 71% and 80%, and a discount of 50% for airplanes achieving an 80% load factor.