The Jakarta Post
Passengers board a Batik Air Airbus A320 at Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport in East Jakarta on Oct. 8, 2017. (The Jakarta Post/Bagus BT. Saragih)
Batik Air, a subsidiary of low-cost carrier Lion Air, launched on Friday a new domestic route that connects Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta International Airport with Kalimarau Airport in Berau, East Kalimantan.
According to a statement, the service is available once a day using Airbus 320-200CEO that can accommodate 12 business and 144 economy class seats; all equipped with inflight entertainment and provided with inflight meals. Currently the carrier is said to be the first and only carrier to connect Jakarta and Berau non-stop.
Based on the schedule, Batik Air ID-6430 will regularly fly from Soekarno-Hatta airport at 5 a.m. and arrive in Berau at 8:30 a.m. Meanwhile the return flight ID-6431 will depart Kalimarau Airport at 9:10 a.m. and land in Greater Jakarta at 10:40 a.m.
Following the launch, Berau has become the third Batik Air city in East Kalimantan after Balikpapan and Samarinda; and the sixth in Kalimantan after Balikpapan, Samarinda, Palangkaraya, Banjarmasin and Tarakan.
Berau regency is particularly famous among divers and snorkelers as it serves as the entrance gate to Derawan, Kakaban, Sangalaki and Labuan Cermin islands.
Currently the airline serves more than 45 domestic and international destinations with over 350 flights per day. However as part of Lion Air Group, it has temporarily suspended its international flights to and from Malaysia until March 31 following the Malaysian government’s decision to lock down the country. (kes)
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