After flying to a number of Southeast Asian countries, low-cost carrier (LCC) AirAsia Indonesia, a subsidiary of Malaysia’s AirAsia Berhad, is looking to open up new routes to several Asian countries, including China, South Korea and Japan.
“We are considering opening up new routes to China, South Korea and Japan. But we have not yet decided when we will start,” said AirAsia Indonesia president director Dendy Kurniawan in Kuala Lumpur on Monday as reported by kompas.com.
He added that it would support the government’s program to increase tourist arrivals to 20 million next year.
The company is now considering whether the new routes will be direct or connecting flights with transit bases in either Malaysia or Thailand.
“For flights to Tokyo, for example, we will open connecting flights through Bangkok, as one of our main hubs,” Dendy explained, adding that AirAsia Indonesia was supported by Airbus A320 and Airbus A330 planes that have flight times of four hours and 12 hours, respectively.
He added, that for the routes to East Asia, the planes generally transited in Kuala Lumpur.
Dendy said AirAsia Indonesia was developing medical care tourism in collaboration with the Healthcare Travel Council and Malaysian Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC) to serve Indonesians who want to have medical treatment abroad. (bbn)