The Jakarta Post
Private airline TransNusa has opened a new route connecting Semarang and Cilacap in a effort to expand its market share in Central Java.
TransNusa president director Bayu Sutanto said Semarang-Cilacap flights would operate every Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
“We will use ATR72 aircraft on this route, with the fare ranging from Rp 300,000 [US$21.50] to Rp 900,000. The aircraft has 50 seats. Once demand increases, we will increase it to 72 seats. The flight takes only 40 minutes,” said Bayu on Monday.
Managed by the Transportation Ministry’s Civil Aviation Directorate General, Tunggul Wulung Airport in Cilacap has a 1,400-meter-long runway that is 30 meters in width.
Bayu said TransNusa aircraft would depart from Cilacap for Semarang at 8:55 a.m. local time.
“There are several oil and gas companies, steam-powered plants, cement maker Holcim, fishery-based businesses and many more in Cilacap. We hope the new route will always be fully booked,” said Bayu.
Cilacap Regent Tatto Suwarto Pamuji said demand for travel services to Cilacap was quite high. “By air, travel time will get shorter. It takes eight hours to travel from Cilacap to Semarang by land, while it takes only 40 minutes by air. It takes eight to 12 hours to Jakarta by land and around only 45 minutes by air,” he said. (ebf)