The Jakarta Post
The national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia and its low-cost carrier subsidiary Citilink Indonesia are set to serve all inbound and outbound flights to Yogyakarta through the Yogyakarta International Airport (YIA) in Kulon Progo regency starting March 29.
The transfer of all Garuda Indonesia Group flights from the Adisutjipto International Airport to the newly built airport was part of efforts to improve flight services, considering the international-class facilities available at the YIA, Garuda Indonesia director Irfan Setiaputra said on Tuesday.
The decision to move its Yogyakarta operations was part of the group’s sustainable efforts to support the province to be the nation’s top-tier tourist destination and attract more international tourists, especially as the YIA has greater capacity that allows for the optimization of passenger growth projections.
The YIA has a capacity to accommodate 20 million passengers per year.
“We hope that the operation of the Garuda Indonesia Group flight services at the YIA will further strengthen the potential to improve services to passengers from pre-flight to post-flight,” Irfan said, adding that various supporting facilities were available at the airport.
Garuda Indonesia currently serves more than 81 domestic flights connecting Yogyakarta to other cities in Indonesia, including Makassar, Denpasar, Balikpapan and Jakarta.
Meanwhile, Citilink Indonesia operates a total of 24 flights from and to Yogyakarta every week, including those connecting the provinces with Medan, Pekanbaru, Palembang and Banjarmasin.
To further ease and support passengers’ access to the YIA, various feeder transport services such as trains and shuttle buses are now available, departing from several departure points at the Yogyakarta city center and the airport. (aly)