Garuda Acting CEO Likens Airfare to Online Ojek Fee; Garda Reacts

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  • Acting Garuda Indonesia CEO Fuad Rizal. TEMPO/Fajar Pebrianto

    Acting Garuda Indonesia CEO Fuad Rizal. TEMPO/Fajar Pebrianto

    TEMPO.CO, JakartaThe head of the online motorcycle taxi or online ojek drivers community dubbed Garda, Igun Wicaksono, has slammed Garuda Indonesia's acting CEO Fuad Rizal, who likened airfares to online ojek tariffs.

    “The analysis is absurd. How could airline ticket prices be compared with online ojek tariffs? [He] should use valid statistic data and variables. [The comparison] must be peer-to-peer,” said Igun in a written statement on Monday, December 30.

    Igun assessed components that affected the costs of goods production of airlines and online taxi were different, for example, the fuels and the maintenance costs. Besides, both mileage and travel time could not be compared.

    “[The statement] will spark different perceptions from people who do not understand it. The tariffs of online ojek will be perceived as costly,” Igun remarked.

    The acting CEO of the national flag carrier Fuad Rizal previously claimed the airline ticket prices were cheaper than online ojek tariffs when compared from the price ceiling of the two transportation modes in the country.

    According to Fuad, the upper cap of the airline's full-service price was Rp2,520 per seat per kilometer, lower than the online ojek’s price ceiling tariff of Rp2,600 per seat per kilometer.

    Igun went on to say that Fuad should not make a statement that was detrimental to other parties considering the latter was a higher-up of a state-owned company who should have good analytical skills.

    Tempo was trying to ask for a statement from Garuda Indonesia spokesman Dicky Irchamsyah and Fuad Rizal in light of the criticism. However, the messages and calls have not been responded to yet.

    FRANCISCA CHRISTY ROSANA | FAJAR PEBRINATO