Jakarta. State-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura I will cut landing fees for airlines that add new routes in East Java, a statement released on Tuesday (22/08) said.
The new policy follows in the footsteps of sibling enterprise Angkasa Pura II, which granted tariff discounts in 12 airports to commemorate Indonesia's Independence Day on Aug. 17.
According to AP I commercial and business development director Moch. Asrori, these policies are effective to encourage airlines to open and add new routes in the region.
"The additional routes and flight frequency will increase passengers as well as push the region’s tourism industry," Asrori added.
AP I has also increased traffic movement from 25 to 27 per hour in order to reach one million passengers, a target set by the Ministry of Tourism.
The fee cut will also reduce heavy traffic during the peak tourism season.
"In 2015, international tourist visits significantly increased by up to 54 percent. Last year, we recorded 612,412 foreign visits to East Java through Juanda Airport; a rise of 32 percent from 2015 which was 463,596 visits," Asrori said.