November 1, 2018 / 6:37 AM / 19 days ago

Indonesia to consider raising budget airfares after Lion Air crash - minister

Indonesia's Transport Minister Budi Karya Sumadi looks at recovered debris from the crashed Lion Air flight JT610 at Tanjung Priok port in Jakarta, Indonesia, October 30, 2018. REUTERS/Edgar Su

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia may review the lower limit of its airfares and consider increasing the rates set by low-cost carriers, the transport minister said on Thursday.

Budi Karya Sumadi added that President Joko Widodo had ordered a review of all flight safety regulations after this week’s crash of a jet operated by budget carrier Lion Air with 189 aboard.

“According to the regulations, both international and ours, (an accident) like this should not happen. Because that happened, then we had to evaluate,” Sumadi told a news conference.

Reporting by Cindy Silviana; Writing by Ed Davies

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