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Jakarta Post

Lion’s Batik Air gets full-service approval

  • Nurfika Osman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 5 2012   /  11:04 am

The Transportation Ministry has recently issued a flight permit to a new, full-service airline, Batik Air, a subsidiary of the country’s largest domestic carrier, Lion Air.

Ministry spokesman Bambang S. Ervan said the permit was signed by the air transportation director general Herry Bhakti Gumay last month. “We have issued the permit to Batik Air a few days ago. The airline has been approved to fly 66 domestic routes and 20 international routes,” Bambang said in Jakarta on Tuesday.

Contacted separately, Lion Air general affairs director Edward Sirait confirmed that the company has received the permit.

He said that they are currently formulating plans to enter the full-service market while waiting for the Air Operator Certificate (AOC). “We are currently preparing every single detail for Batik Air, as well as processing its AOC. We hope the process will be...