State-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II (AP II) has offered new routes from Husein Sastranegara International Airport in Bandung after the airport lost 56 flights to the new Kertajati International Airport in Majalengka regency, West Java, on Monday.
Husein Sastranegara International Airport executive general manager Andika Nuryaman said the airport operator supported the idea of opening more routes from Bandung to airports in Java and Lampung as well as international routes.
“We also aim to add the new routes to ASEAN countries and Australia while taking into account the runway capacity,” Andika said in Bandung on Thursday, adding that the Transportation Ministry had allowed Bandung’s airport to offer 26 new flights on July 1, including flights to Surabaya and Yogyakarta.
Citilink Indonesia and Xpress Air had already received permits, he added.
The airport currently serves 65 flights from 6 a.m. to midnight on routes to domestic destinations like Jakarta, Bandar Lampung, Majalengka, Yogyakarta, Surabaya, Malang, Surakarta, Semarang, Palembang and Padang as well as to Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.
Because of the flight relocations from the airport to Kertajati airport, a number of slots were available at Husein Satranegara airport, Andika said, adding that the airport could serve up to 90 flights in one day.
He said airlines that had expressed interest in opening new routes from the airport included Citilink, Wings Air, Xpress Air, Nam Air, Air Asia, Malindo and Silk Air.
The airport targets to serve 3.6 million to 3.8 million passengers this year, similar to 2018. (bbn)