Indonesian flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has signed a cooperation agreement with local cargo operator Cardig Air to expand cargo services throughout the Asian region.
Cardig Air currently operates three B737-300F freighters on mainly domestic routes between major hubs in Indonesia as well as to international hubs, including Singapore, Brunei, Vietnam and
Garuda CEO Arif Wibowo described the agreement was a strategic move for the carrier to increase its domestic cargo services.
He added that the agreement with Cardig Air also would allow Garuda to further expand its international cargo operations, although in the short term the services would concentrate on high volume routes such as Surabaya-Bali-Dili (East Timor).
The pact also calls for Cardig Air to extend its carrying capacity by tapping into existing cargo and belly space on Garuda’s 76 domestic and international services.
According to Wibowo, “In the future we will continue to cooperate with Air Cardig on developing cargo shipments to other international routes that are currently not served by Garuda Indonesia Cargo,” adding the deal has the capacity to generate up to US$10 million extra income per year through increased efficiencies.
Nol van Fenema
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