The Jakarta Post
Citilink Indonesia, a subsidiary of national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, has announced it is planning to expand its operations to neighboring countries. Last week, the low-cost airline received a four-star airline award from British-based global airline consultancy Skytrax.
“With the achievement, Citilink reaffirms its steps to expand its business by opening more international routes and also to diversify its strategic businesses,” said Citilink Indonesia president director Juliandra Nurtjahjo in a statement on Tuesday.
He did not mention the new routes, but said the fleet would be supported by 50 Airbus A320 planes, five of which would be A320 Neo planes.
Furthermore, Citilink Indonesia eyes a significant increase in passengers to 15 million in 2018 from 12.6 million last year.
Juliandra said the award was a significant achievement for the airline and that it would be used as a valuable asset for its business expansion.
Last year, the airline opened six additional routes, including a route from Jakarta to Dili, the capital of Timor Leste.
Citilink was the first low-cost airline in Asia and third in the world to receive the four-star rating, following an audit process that started in 2014. The other two airlines are Norwegian Air of Norway and EasyJet of the United Kingdom.
The number of Citilink passengers has continually increased in recent years – 2.8 million in 2012, 5.3 million in 2013, 8.2 million in 2014, 8.2 million in 2015, 11.8 in 2016 and 12.6 million in 2017. (bbn)