The Jakarta Post
A Citilink's Airbus A320 sits on the tarmac at Adisutjipto International Airport in Surakarta, Central Java, on Oct. 7, 2017. (The Jakarta Post/Bagus BT. Saragih)
Low-cost airline Citilink Indonesia says it will launch a new route from Yogyakarta, Central Java, to Makassar, South Sulawesi, from Friday.
The service was an attempt by the airline to expand flights from and to big cities all across Indonesia, said Ranty Astari Rachman, Citilink’s vice president corporate legal and CSR, in a press release on Thursday.
Makassar is considered Citilink’s main hub to connect flights to the eastern parts of Indonesia, such as Kendari, Ambon, Jayapura and Manado.
“Yogyakarta to Makassar is Citilink’s second connecting-the-dots route after we opened the Semarang to Surabaya route,” said Ranty.
The airline will utilize Airbus 320 planes, which have 180 seats, on the Yogyakarta to Makassar route.
The flight from Makassar bound for Yogyakarta is scheduled to depart from Ujung Pandang’s Sultan Hassanudin International Airport at 3.05 p.m. and arrive at Yogyakarta’s Adisutjipto International Airport at 4:10 p.m. While the flight from Yogyakarta to Makassar is scheduled to depart at 4:40 p.m. and arrive at 7:40 p.m.
Makassar was chosen as the main hub as it is considered one of the main tourist destinations in the eastern part of Indonesia. It has natural and historical sites such as Fort Rotterdam from the Dutch colonial era and Losari Beach.
Recently, Citilink Indonesia also unveiled its new hijab uniform and Ramadhan menu. (wng)