Low-cost carrier Citilink Indonesia will start a new route from Kertajati International Airport in Majalengka, West Java, to Kualanamu International Airport in Medan, North Sumatra, on Friday.
“In addition to becoming an option for inter-city transportation, the opening of the Citilink route is expected to boost tourism in the two cities,” said Citilink vice president of corporate social responsibility (CSR) Ranty Astari Rachman in a statement received on Thursday.
She said Citilink Indonesia, a subsidiary of flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, believed the opening of the flight that connected the two populous islands, was an opportunity to expand its LCC business.
The press release said that the route would be served by an Airbus A320 aircraft with a capacity of up to 180 passengers.
The plane is scheduled to take off from Kertajati airport at 8:85 a.m. and arrive at Kualanamu airport at 11:25 a.m. Meanwhile, the flight from Kualanamu airport is scheduled to depart at 5:40 a.m. and arrive at Kertajati airport at 8:05 a.m.
West Java airport company PT Bandara Internasional Jawa Barat (BIJB) president director Virda Dimas Ekaputra welcomed the opening of the new route, saying that it was a lucrative flight because of the high demand for air transportation in the area, as Majalengka was surrounded by cities that hosted large industrial areas.
He said the company had set a target for 14 direct flights, both domestically and internationally to be opened from Kertajati by the end of this year. (bbn)
The Jakarta Post