Batik Air's new routes, from Samarinda to Denpasar and Samarinda to Yogyakarta, are available from June 1. (Photo courtesy of Batik Air)
Batik Air Offers New Samarinda-Denpasar, Samarinda-Yogyakarta Routes
BY :NUR YASMIN
JUNE 03, 2019
Jakarta. Batik Air, part of the Lion Air Group, launched two new domestic flight routes, from Samarinda in East Kalimantan to Denpasar, Bali, and to Yogyakarta, on Saturday.
This makes Batik Air the first and so far only airline to offer a routine once-a-day flight from Samarinda to Yogyakarta, using the new Yogyakarta International Airport in Kulon Progo.
The inaugural flight from Samarinda to Bali left from the Aji Pangeran Tumenggung Pranoto Samarinda International Airport (APT Pranoto), using flight code ID-6647, and landed at the I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar.
In the return trip, Batik Air ID-6646 left Denpasar at 3.10 p.m., Central Indonesia Time, and landed in Samarinda at 4.40 p.m.
The flight to Yogyakarta left the APT Pranoto airport (flight code ID-6693) at 6.20 a.m., Central Indonesia Time, and landed at Yogyakarta International Airport (YIA) at 6 p.m., Western Indonesia Time.
The return trip, flight code ID-6692, left YIA at 5.30 a.m. and landed in Samarinda at 8.15 a.m.
Batik Air used an Airbus 320-200CEO on both routes, with a layout of 12 seats in business and 144 in economy.
"The inaugural flights today were an important milestone in the journey of Batik Air and for our business expansion, following our previous success at YIA. We're still the first and only airline that offers a flight [to YIA] from Soekarno-Hatta [International Airport in Jakarta] and Palangkaraya in Central Kalimantan," Batik Air chief executive Capt. Achmad Luthfie said in a statement received by the Jakarta Globe on Monday.
Travelers from Jogja and Bali can also catch Batik Air flights to Berau, Tarakan and Makassar via Samarinda.
"We want to support the government's effort to increase regional economic development and tourism," Achmad said.
Batik Air currently flies to 46 domestic and international destinations including Singapore, Chennai in India, Perth in Australia and Guilin and Kunming in China. It serves more than 350 flights per day.