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Citilink gets AOC, takes aim at Lion Air

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, July 6 2012   /  09:49 am

Citilink, a subsidiary of national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, is set for take off as an independent airline after securing its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) on Thursday.

PT Citilink Indonesia’s CEO Arif Wibowo said the airline was ready to take on existing local low-cost carriers such as Lion Air, Indonesia AirAsia and Mandala Airlines.

“We do not mind the competition. We love the adrenaline rush,” Arif said on Thursday on the sidelines of AOC ceremony at the Transportation Ministry in Jakarta.

Citilink, whose fleet of 14 aircraft comprises Airbus-320s and Boeing 737-400s, currently serves eight domestic routes including Jakarta to Batam, Banjarmasin, Denpasar and Surabaya; and Surabaya to Medan and Denpasar.

The airline obtained a flight permit (SIUAU) from the regulator in February, authorizing Citilink to serve 70 domestic routes and 16 internat...