Garuda takes the slowly-slowly approach

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Some may have thought that Indonesian airlines would rush to fly to Europe after the EU lifted its ban. Not Garuda, it seems. The flag carrier plans to fly to Europe only next year as part of a gradual five-year growth programme with reasonable targets.

The airline has had a rough time in recent years, but it has been reporting a profit, increasing revenues and cutting costs. It is still carrying a lot of debt, although it has been taking steps to manage that.

There remains a big image problem – many people are still afraid to fly on an Indonesian carrier due to worries about their safety and maintenance records. That can be overcome with time, and a good track record.

It is, however, a good sign that Garuda is taking the slowly-slowly approach. Garuda Indonesia has just unveiled a new livery and we hope to put those photos up shortly. Hopefully, that marks a new beginning for the carrier and the Indonesian airline industry.

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