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Citilink opens direct route from Jakarta to Penang

  • Winny Tang

    The Jakarta Post

Tangerang, Banten   /   Sun, March 25, 2018   /   04:41 pm
Citilink opens direct route from Jakarta to Penang Citilink Indonesia chief financial officer Fransetya Hutabarat talks about a new route between Jakarta and Penang, Malaysia, at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, on Sunday. (JP/Winny Tang)

Low-cost carrier Citilink Indonesia has launched a direct route between Jakarta and Penang in Malaysia as part of its international expansion in Southeast Asia.

Citilink, a subsidiary of national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, offers daily flights from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport’s Terminal 3 to Penang International Airport – and vice versa.

Scheduled takeoff from Jakarta is at 9:55 a.m., arrival in Penang at 1:25 p.m. local time. Meanwhile, the flight from Penang is scheduled for departure at 2:50 p.m. local time and arrival in Jakarta at 4:20 p.m.

“Citilink Indonesia’s first flight from Jakarta to Penang is the company’s expansion plan aimed at improving connectivity and enhancing the mobility of ASEAN citizens,” Citilink chief financial officer Fransetya Hutabarat said during the launch event at Soekarno-Hatta airport on Sunday.

Penang is Citilink’s second international destination. The airline offers flights between Jakarta and Dili, the capital city of Timor-Leste, since May last year.

Citilink’s decision to open the Jakarta-Penang route has taken into account that many Indonesians visit Penang for medical treatment as well as business or leisure.

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The company expected the new route to help boost tourism growth between the two countries, Fransetya said.

The number of Malaysian tourists visiting Indonesia grew by 11 percent last year, data from the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) show. (gda)