Jakarta-based airline NAM Air, a subsidiary of Indonesia's third largest airline Sriwijaya Air, has received its first turbo-propeller ATR 72-600 aircraft. (GA Photo/Mohammad Defrizal)
Sriwijaya Air Reopens Popular Jakarta-Pekanbaru Route
BY :EKO ADITYO NUGROHO
JULY 06, 2015
Jakarta. Budget airline Sriwijaya Air will resume return flights between Jakarta and Pekanbaru, the capital of Sumatra's Riau province, from Friday after securing delivery of a Boeing 737-800NG jet, a company executive said over the weekend.
Sriwijaya closed the route in 2013 amid rising costs stoked by a higher fuel price and weakening rupiah.
Agus Soedjono, Sriwijaya's senior manager for corporate communications, said on Sunday that the airline would service the route daily with its new 188-seat jet, which is supposed to be more fuel-efficient than earlier generations of aircraft.
“Jakarta-Pekanbaru is a busy route for passengers and cargo,” Agus said. “In addition, the Idul Fitri holiday will also increase demand on this route.”
Sriwijaya will compete with flag carrier Garuda Indonesia and the country's largest budget airline, Lion Air, on the route.
Sriwijaya signed a deal for two Boeing B737-900ER jets at the Paris air show last month and expects the first of the planes to arrive next month.