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Jakarta Post

Mandala designates Pekanbaru as minihub in Sumatra

  • Rizal Harahap

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, February 15 2013   /  12:12 pm

Low-cost carrier Mandala Airlines has selected Pekanbaru as a minihub in Sumatra, linking the Riau provincial capital with Jakarta, Medan and Singapore, on account of soaring business activities and high passenger volume.

“Our appointment of Pekanbaru as our flight center in Sumatra is part of our business development strategy to develop a flight network covering both domestic and international destinations with a flying time of under five hours,” Mandala president director Paul Rombeek said on Thursday.

Rombeek was speaking on the sidelines of the inaugural flight between Pekanbaru and Jakarta.

The new route sequence is Jakarta-Pekanbaru-Medan-Pekanbaru-Singapore-Pekanbaru-Jakarta. The route will be extended to Yogyakarta by the end of January.

Pekanbaru has an average economic growth of 9.05 percent, way above other Indonesian cities,” Rombeek said.