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Lion Air first airline to connect Makassar, Kulonprogo in Yogyakarta

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Fri, July 26, 2019  /  01:54 pm
Lion Air first airline to connect Makassar, Kulonprogo in Yogyakarta

A Lion Air plane at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten. (JP/Ricky Yudhistira)

Low-cost carrier Lion Air launched its inaugural flight from Makassar, South Sulawesi to Kulonprogo, Yogyakarta, on Wednesday, making it the first airline to have a direct route connecting the two regions. 

The flight departed from Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport in Maros regency, South Sulawesi, at 8:35 a.m. local time and arrived at Yogyakarta International Airport in Kulonprogo at 9:35 a.m. local time, kompas.com reported.

Returning from Kulonprogo, the flight departed at 10:05 a.m. and arrived in Maros at 12:55 p.m.

The airline celebrated the inaugural flight with a water salute and ribbon-cutting ceremony that was attended by Kulonprogo Deputy Regent Sutedjo, Lion Air operations director I Putu Wijaya and several of the airline’s employees from Yogyakarta.

The Boeing 737-800NG that was used for the flight can accommodate 189 economy-class passengers. 

Lion Air said it expected the new route to serve as an alternative direct and connecting route to accommodate the needs of tourists, businesspeople and millennial travelers. (rfa)

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