Indonesia’s air transportation problems have been brought into sharp focus this year.
What lessons can Indonesia learn from other developing nations where aviation has expanded equally rapidly? While Indonesia has its own unique ‘issues’ I’m sure there are parallels that can be drawn with other countries.
A fellow traveller said to me recently: “Years ago, the only people travelling by plane here were those wearing nice shoes. Now everyone flies”. That kind of sums it up. There is now an expectation that ordinary people can afford to travel by air. The market for low cost aviation is huge, whereas that for full service domestic flights has not really expanded for years. Remember that 200USD per month is a white collar wage here. Less than 1% of the population take home more than 500USD per month (Bank Indonesia figures).
How can Indonesia keep travel affordable and safe? Do the two have to be mutually exclusive?