The Jakarta Post
The wing of Lion Air's Boeing 737-900 flying to Changi Airport in Singapore on May 19. (Shutterstock.com/Aumphotography)
Following the designation of Solo's Adi Soemarmo Airport in Central Java as one of its hubs, the country's largest low-cost carrier Lion Air Group is slated to open new routes from the city to Banjarmasin, Lombok, Palangkaraya, Ujung Pandang and Pontianak.
Lion Air Group president director Edward Sirait said new services would be provided at the Solo airport as a new hub, including additional routes, daily flight frequency and aircraft fleet expansion from two units to six units to maintain its morning service.
"We will continue to expand domestic and international routes to support the people's travel needs and open more access to foreign tourists who want to vacation in Indonesia," said Edward as quoted by tempo.co on Tuesday.
The company reportedly also planned to open other new routes from Solo in the near future, including to Medan, Medan, Padang, Pekanbaru, Palembang, Lampung, Bali and Kuala Lumpur. Permits for the new routes are currently being processed at the Transportation Ministry, said Edward.
"If we can fly from Solo to Kuala Lumpur, travelers from Solo will be able to continue their journey to other countries like India, Pakistan, Nepal and China using our Malaysian subsidiary, Malindo Air," he said. (kes)