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Indonesia's debt-strapped Merpati stops 20 routes

Published on Nov 3, 2012 9:00 AM

JAKARTA: Indonesia's state-owned carrier Merpati Nusantara Airlines will temporarily shutter 20 routes as the debt-strapped airline attempts to shed unprofitable routes, the airline has announced.

Merpati will continue to focus on "pioneer routes" to remote airports - pushing additional routes connecting small airports in eastern Indonesia, corporate secretary Herry Saptanto told the Indonesian news website

But 20 routes, including flights connecting Jakarta with Lampung in southern Sumatra and Bandung in West Java will temporarily cease operations, Mr Herry said, as quoted by the Jakarta Globe newspaper.

"The Jakarta-Bandung route has caused us losses," Herry said.

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