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AirAsia to fly to India, China this year

  • Farida Susanty

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, April 17, 2017   /   12:59 pm
AirAsia to fly to India, China this year Tourism Minister Arief Yahya (right) and Air Asia Group CEO for Indonesia Dendy Kurniawan show a T-shirt bearing the AirAsia logo during the announcement of the airline’s new routes on April 17. (JP/Farida Susanty)

AirAsia Group has pledged to support the government's effort to boost tourist arrivals by opening new flights to Indonesia from cities in India and China this year.

"We are ready to support the government. We will add new aircraft and open new international routes," Air Asia Group CEO for Indonesia Dendy Kurniawan said on Monday.

The airline will add two new aircraft of the Airbus A320 and A330 types. Currently, Air Asia accounts for around 25 percent of inbound flights to Indonesia, according to Tourism Ministry data.

(Read also: AirAsia sets up low-cost airline in Vietnam)

The route to India was expected to commence in May, while that to China was expected to commence in October, said Tourism Minister Arief Yahya.

The government eyes to welcome 15 million foreign visitors this year and 20 million in 2019.

Arief said the government saw a two million shortage in seat capacity to achieve this year's target. (bbn)