The Jakarta Post
Low-cost carrier Lion Air. (Courtesy of/Lion Air)
Low-cost carrier Lion Air announced the opening of a new route connecting Berau regency to Balikpapan in East Kalimantan.
The inaugural flight will take off from Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Sepinggan International Airport in Balikpapan on Sept. 9 at 8:20 a.m. and arrive in Berau at 9:20 a.m. The return flight on the same day will leave Berau at 10 a.m. and land in Balikpapan at 11 a.m.
The flight will operate once daily with a Boeing 737-800NG offering 189 economy class seats.
The airline stated that its entire fleet was equipped with High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters to remove viruses from the air. The planes are also routinely cleaned and sterilized.
Lion Air Group resumed its domestic flights on June 10 with health protocols in place after a temporary flight suspension. On Aug. 21, Lion Air reopened its Bandung-Balikpapan route.
In a statement, Lion Air said it would continue to implement health protocols in its operations. Cooperating with the local health facilities, the airline is offering rapid COVID-19 testing in Balikpapan for its passengers. The service will provide test results that are valid for 14 days.
The facilities are Juanson Clinic on Jl. Letkol Pol. H.M. Asnawi Arbain Ruko Bintang Rubiz No. 18-19, South Balikpapan, and Alinka Health Care (Panacea Clinic) on Jl. MT. Haryono, Blok AB 2 No. 18-20, Mal Fantasi Complex, South Balikpapan. Juanson Clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, while Panacea Clinic is open from Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
In late June, it was announced that airlines under the Lion Air Group, namely Lion Air, Wings Air and Batik Air, were offering rapid COVID-19 testing for passengers, with prices starting from Rp 95,000 (US$6.62). The first phase of the test is conducted daily in four locations in Jakarta and Tangerang, Banten. (wng)