Garuda Indonesia's budget arm Citilink will focus on adding frequencies to its key routes before expanding to more destinations.
Chief executive Arif Wibowo says that there are 22 routes that have the best market potential for the carrier, and it intends to operate fly a minimum of twice or thrice daily services on each route.
He adds that the carrier does not believe that it can operate a route profitably with only a daily service.
“In the start-up phase, or to quote [Garuda chief executive] Emirsyah Satar’s words as ‘investment stage’, we have to make sure that the routes [we operate] make more money,” says Wibowo.
The carrier suspended nine services operating out of Surabaya, Denpasar, Balikpapan and Batam from 1 July. Wibowo points out that these suspensions are in the range of “repositioning and revamping” its route network, until it is confident that its network is “more solid”, efficient and competitive from its customer’s point of view.
The airline now operates most of its flights from Jakarta to major domestic destinations such as Denpasar, Makassar, Medan and Surabaya.
Citilink still plans to resume the suspended services but this will be “arranged at a better timeline”, Wibowo adds.