The Jakarta Post
Prior to this route, the airline opened international routes Denpasar-Dili, Jakarta-Penang, Surabaya- Penang, Banyuwangi-Kuala Lumpur and Surabaya-Kuala Lumpur. (Shutterstock/Broewnis Photo)
National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia’s low-cost subsidiary, Citilink, opened its sixth international route, Jakarta to Kuala Lumpur, on Tuesday.
"This move proved our commitment to expanding our wings to the international level and strengthen our position as a prominent low-cost carrier in the world," said Citilink Indonesia vice president corporate secretary and corporate social responsibility Resty Kusandarina in a statement.
Prior to this route, the airline opened international routes Denpasar-Dili, Jakarta-Penang, Surabaya-Penang, Banyuwangi-Kuala Lumpur and Surabaya-Kuala Lumpur.
Resty said the company was optimistic that it could reach seat load factor of 75 percent for the Jakarta-Kuala Lumpur route.
According to flight data provider OAG in 2018, Jakarta-Kuala Lumpur is the fifth busiest route in the world, with a flight frequency of up to 19,849 flights.
The new route itself is said to operate four times a week on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, departing from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport at 11 a.m. and arriving at Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 2:20 p.m. local time.
Meanwhile, the return flight is scheduled to take off from Kuala Lumpur at 3:20 p.m. and arrive in Jakarta at 4:30 p.m. (kes)