The Jakarta Post
The country’s largest private carrier Lion Air is slated to begin operations at Kertajati International Airport in West Java in mid August, serving two routes to and from Denpasar, Bali, and Surabaya, East Java.
The flight to Denpasar will depart from Kertajati at 3:50 p.m. and arrive at 6:30 p.m. local time. Meanwhile, the flight from Denpasar to Kertajati will depart at 10:30 a.m. and arrive at 11:10 a.m. local time.
On the Surabaya route, Lion Air will depart from Kertajati at 11:50 a.m. and arrive at 1:10 p.m. local time. The departure from Surabaya is scheduled for 1:50 p.m. and arrive in Kertajati at 3:10 p.m. local time.
“Lion Air has prepared one flight daily for each route using a Boeing 737 with a capacity of 165 passengers,” said Virda Dimas Ekaputra, president director of Bandara Internasional Jawa Barat (BIJB), the operator of Kertajati airport, on Friday.
Virda said the addition of the Lion Air new routes would make Kertajati more attractive, particularly to passengers from the north coast of West Java, such as Cirebon, Indramayu, Majalengka, Kuningan and Subang.
Garuda’s low-cost carrier Citilink began regular flights on the Kertajati-Surabaya route on July 1 to meet Idul Fitri holiday demand.
“The market demand is higher from Surabaya to Kertajati. The occupancy rate from Surabaya each day is more than 60 percent, more than 100 seats occupied,” he said, referring to Citilink’s sales record.
The operation of several airlines at Kertajati Airport is part of preparations to provide possible international flights in the future, with the airport planning to accommodate umrah (minor pilgrimage) passengers in October.