The Jakarta Post
Lion Air Group carriers Lion and Batik Air are set to move their Yogyakarta operations from the Adisutjipto International Airport to the newly built Yogyakarta International Airport (YIA) in Kulon Progo Regency later this month.
Inbound and outbound flights to the province will be operating at the YIA starting from March 29, company spokesperson Danang Mandala Prihantoro said in a press release on Sunday.
“Lion and Batik Air will be moving their flight network to YIA, which also marks our presence at the second airport in the province and the fifth in the Yogyakarta, Solo and Semarang area,” he said.
A total of 46 domestic inbound and outbound Lion Air flights will operate at the new airport, including flights from the cities of Padang, Batam, Palembang, Jakarta, Banjarmasin, Denpasar, and Makassar, among others.
Batik Air will move its Yogyakarta flight routes from Jakarta’s Halim Perdanakusuma Airport to the new airport on top of existing routes from Jakarta’s Soekarno Hatta International Airport, Samarinda and Palangkaraya. A total of 24 domestic flights will go to and from YIA.
The construction of YIA began in 2018 and finished last year. With a 3.25 km runway, the airport can accommodate aircraft as large as Boeing 777s and Airbus A380s, while the 219,000 square meter terminal can accommodate up to 14 million passengers per year. At full operation, YIA will be able to serve 30 flights per hour.
The full operation of YIA is expected to reduce the heavy traffic at Adisutjipto, which is now at a bursting point. The airport’s stated capacity is 1.8 million passengers annually, but it served 8.4 million passengers in 2018. (mpr)