On Monday, September 1, 2008, PT Merpati Nusantara the state-owned domestic airline moved its corporate headquarters from Jakarta to Makassar, South Sulawesi.
Part of an overall restructuring of the Airline which includes the termination of half of its current payroll, the move is intended to reflect the airline's focus on remote air routes in eastern Indonesia.
150 employees are being relocated from Jakarta to Makassar to support the new headquarters' operations. The shift to the new headquarters is scheduled to be completed by October 2008.
The cost of the head office move is estimated at US$1.08 million.
As reported in The Jakarta Post, 70 percent of Merpati's 130 daily flights operate in Eastern Indonesia with Makassar representing a major operational hub.
Merpati operates 13 profitable routes to Merauke, Papua, Baubau, Southeast Sulawesi, East Nusa Tenggara, Bima, West Nusa Tenggara, and Mamuju, West Sulawesi.
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