PT Mandala Airlines will
continue to focus on the low-cost carrier (LCC) market because of one of its
main investors, the National Air Carrier Association of
Singapore's Tiger Airways, a key investor in Mandala, is
focused on the LCC market, association secretary-general
Tengku Burhanuddin said Sunday.
expect competition to tighten in the low-cost carrier business,” Tengku said.
Mandala introduced its low-cost
carrier service in 2006. At present, Lion Air, AirAsia Indonesia and Citilink – a subsidiary of Garuda Indonesia, are the three dominant players in Indonesia's
domestic LCC business.
Mandala Airlines corporate
communications chief Nurmaria Sarosa said Mandala, along with two new investors,
were expecting to discuss over the airline's flight services in the future and the
date to fly.
will inform the public once we have reached an agreement together,” she said.
Mandala, which stopped operation early this
year, reportedly was acquired by Saratoga Capital and Tiger Airways. Saratoga controls 51
percent of the total shares, Tiger 33 percent and creditors control the rest.
Airlines analyst Arista
Atmadjati says Mandala Airlines should focus on the domestic market, since it
has already mastered this field.
“Some routes, for example
Jakarta-Medan, Jakarta-Semarang and Banjarmasin-Yogyakarta, have frequent
flyers,” he said.