Budget airline Wings Air will offer two new flights from Pontianak in Indonesia to two Malaysian cities in Kalimantan. (Photo courtesy of Lion Air Group)
Lion Air Group Boosts Domestic Operations With 10 New Routes
BY :JAKARTA GLOBE
JULY 01, 2017
Jakarta. Lion Air Group, through its low-cost carriers Lion Air and Wings Air, announced the opening of 10 new domestic routes, in an effort to capture a bigger share of the local market, it said in a statement on Saturday (01/07).
Lion Air Group public relations manager Andy M. Saladin said in the statement the group, with businesses in airlines, aircraft maintenance and cargo, seeks to provide solutions for people to be able to visit other regions of Indonesia more easily.
New routes were opened also due to high demand, he added.
Starting from Monday (03/07), Lion Air will operate a new flight from Hang Nadim International Airport in Riau Islands' Batam to Radin Inten II Airport in Lampung's capital and economic hub Bandar Lampung.
Also on Monday, Lion Air will for the first time fly from Supadio International Airport in Pontianak, West Kalimantan, to Husein Sastranegara International Airport in Bandung, West Java.
On Tuesday, Lion Air will operate two maiden flights from Adisutjipto International Airport in Yogyakarta to Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II in Palembang, South Sumatra.
Apart from the new routes, Lion Air will operate more flights from Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta International Airport to Yogyakarta, Surabaya (East Java) and Kuala Lumpur, and from Batam to Pontianak.
According to a Boeing statement, Lion Air Group has ordered 50 737 Max 10 airplanes at the recent 2017 Paris Air Show. The deal is estimated at $6.24 billion.
Lion will be the first Indonesian airplane to have the aircraft, which offers the lowest seat cost.
The airline operates 650 flights a day on domestic and international routes. It has 112 aircraft in its fleet, including Boeing 737-800/900, Boeing 747-400 and Airbus A330s.
Lion's affiliate, Wings Air, on Monday also starts to operate a number of new flights.
From Saturday, the airline will fly from Kualanamu International Airport in Medan, North Sumatra, to Sultan Thaha Airport in Jambi, and from Wiriadinata Airport in Tasikmalaya, West Java, to Jakarta's Halim Perdanakusuma.
On Monday, it will start flying from Halim Perdanakusuma Airport to Bandung; from Bandung to Malang, East Java; from Malang to Makassar, South Sulawesi.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, Wings will have its maiden flights from East Kalimantan's Balikpapan to Palangkaraya in Central Kalimantan, Makassar and Raha in Muna Island, Southeast Sulawesi.
Wings currently operates 52 ATR 72-500/600 aircraft, serving more than 300 flights a day.