The Jakarta Post
Despite the closure, AirAsia assured it was committed to adding more flights to Indonesia this year. (Shutterstock/Jeerapan Jankaew)
Low-cost carrier AirAsia is set to close on Jan. 16 its route from Surakarta in Central Java to Kuala Lumpur.
AirAsia Berhad commercial head Spencer Lee told Antara news agency that the closure was due to commercial reasons.
The airline is currently spreading the news among passengers through email and text messages. Those affected by the closure will receive a full refund or be allowed to change their flight by taking off from Semarang, Central Java, or Yogyakarta.
Despite the move, Lee assured the carrier was still committed to adding more flights to Indonesia this year.
Meanwhile, Purwanto, operation and service department manager of state-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura I at Adi Soemarmo International Airport in Central Java, said the operator had heard about the news, but has yet to receive an official confirmation from the carrier.
“Based on our data, the average number of passengers for the route is relatively high, up to 70 percent [capacity],” Purwanto said. (wir/kes)