The Jakarta Post
A Boeing 737 aircraft bearing the Batik Air livery taxis on a runway at Ngurah Rai International Airport. (Shutterstock.com/Mike Fuchslocher)
Batik Air, a subsidiary of low-cost carrier Lion Air, launched on June 1 direct flights from the East Kalimantan capital of Samarinda to Denpasar, Bali, and Kulon Progo, Yogyakarta, as to support the regions' tourism efforts.
The inaugural Samarinda-Denpasar flight departed from Aji Pangeran Tumenggung Pranoto International Airport at 9 a.m. Central Indonesia Time (WIT) on Saturday and arrived at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar at 10:45 a.m. WIT.
The return flight departed from Bali at 3:10 p.m. and arrived in Samarinda at 4:40 p.m.
Meanwhile, the inaugural Samarinda-Kulon Progo flight departed at 5:20 p.m. WIT and arrived at 6 p.m. Western Indonesia Time (WIB) at Yogyakarta International Airport in Kulon Progo.
The return flight departed from Kulon Progo at 5:30 a.m. WIB and arrived in Samarinda at 8:15 a.m. WIT.
Batik Air is operating the Airbus 320-200CEO on the two routes, which are fitted with 12 business class seats and 144 economy class seats.
With the addition of the direct flights, the airline expects a 75 percent increase in passenger volume on the routes connecting Samarinda with Kulon Progo and Denpasar. (rfa/kes)