The Jakarta Post
Low-cost carrier AirAsia will inaugurate in October a direct flight from Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia to Silangit International Airport, the main gateway to popular tourist destination Lake Toba in North Sumatra.
The airline will launch the new route's first flight on Oct. 28 from the Kuala Lumpur airport. It will make four trips a week.
AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes said the flights would help bring in more foreign tourists to Indonesia, especially Lake Toba, because Kuala Lumpur International Airport was AirAsia's main hub for 22 cities across the world.
“It will also give businesspeople the opportunity to expand their business to areas close to Lake Toba,” he said during the official announcement of the flight in Jakarta on Thursday.
Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan lauded the airline for its move and said the Kuala Lumpur-Silangit direct flight could help fulfill the government target of bringing in 500,000 tourist to Lake Toba this year.
Similarly, Malindo Air, a joint venture of Malaysia’s National Aerospace and Defence Industries (NADI) and Indonesia’s Lion Air, will send flights from Subang in Malaysia to the Silangit airport on Aug. 17 four times a week. (ris/bbn)