The Jakarta Post
Low-cost carrier PT Citilink Indonesia, a subsidiary of flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, launched on Monday its new Jakarta-Samarinda route as part of its effort to expand its market to eastern Indonesia.
“Opening the new Jakarta-Samarinda route reflects Citilink’s commitment to providing more flight options to connect these two major cities [...],” Citilink vice president corporate secretary and CSR manager Ranty Astari said in a statement issued on Monday.
Ranty said that the new flight to Samarinda, the East Kalimantan provincial capital, would support the province's economic growth and strengthen Samarinda’s position as an industrial city in connecting it with other major cities.
Samarinda is one of the cities forming the East Kalimantan industrial development triangle, along with Balikpapan and Kutai Kartanegara.
“With all [these] facts, Citilink is optimistic that the seat load factor (SLF) would average 85 percent,” Ranty said of the new route.
Citilink flight QG422 departs from Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta International Airport at 12:23 p.m. and arrives at Samarinda's APT Pranoto Airport at 3:50 p.m., while flight QG423 departs from APT Pranoto at 4:20 p.m. and arrives at Soekarno-Hatta at 5:40 p.m.
The Airbus A320 aircraft, which has a maximum capacity of 180 seats, serves the route seven days in a week. (bbn)