Home Budget carrier to launch ‘unique’ routes in Indonesia
here's the "preloadedcontent" Budget airline Indonesia AirAsia (IAA) says it will open new routes
linking several Indonesian tourist destinations to major ASEAN cities to
support tourism in the country.
IAA spokeswoman Audrey
Progastama Petriny said in Jakarta on Wednesday that the airline would
soon link destinations such Mataram in West Nusa Tenggara to major
cities in ASEAN such as Singapore, and Bangkok, Thailand.
‘unique’ routes will be launched very soon because Indonesia and ASEAN
are a huge potential market for growth,” she told The Jakarta Post.
said that 45 percent of the Air Asia Group’s routes were ‘unique’
routes that linked one city to another city that no other airline
In Indonesia, the unique routes that IAA has offered for
several years include service between Bandung, West Java; and Singapore;
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Yogyakarta and Singapore; Kuala Lumpur,
Surabaya, East Java, Penang, Malaysia, and Bangkok; and Medan, North
Sumatra, and Bangkok.
IAA would open new international and
domestic routes in anticipation of the arrival of five new Airbus A320
aircraft in 2012, Audrey said.
The airline currently operates 16 Airbus aircraft.
added that IAA was not afraid of emerging low-cost carriers such as
Citilink, flag airline Garuda Indonesia’s budget division, as IAA was
leading the push to connect ASEAN member nations.
“Our flights connect all 10 ASEAN countries and our next step is enhancing route connectivity and flight frequency,” she said.
potentially successful route for tourism and business was service
between Jakarta; Denpasar, Bali; and Phuket, Thailand, she said.
transported 4 million Indonesians to domestic and international
destinations as of October and was optimistic that it could meet or
exceed a target of 4.5 million passengers by December, Audrey added.
“Looking at current demand, I think we can reach up to 5 million passengers by the end of this year,” she added.
AirAsia now has five hubs in Indonesia: Jakarta, Denpasar, Medan, Bandung and Surabaya.
on recent data from the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA),
international visitor arrivals to Southeast Asia topped 72.9 million in
2010, up 12.4 percent from 2009.
Audrey said that Indonesia
AirAsia would expand its market by promoting ASEAN’s brand to the
international market next year, focusing on promoting the “four pillars”
of culture, cuisine, eco-tourism and business.
According to the
Central Statistics Agency (BPS), the number of foreign tourists visiting
Indonesia as of September reached 5.61 million, up 8.26 percent from
the same period last year.
The Tourism and Creative Economy
Ministry is expecting 7.7 million people to visit Indonesia in 2011, up
10 percent from 7 million people in 2010.
budget carrier AirAsia, IAA’s parent company, said its net profits
slumped by more than half in the third quarter as fuel prices surged,
warning that the next four months would be challenging.
said in a statement released late Tuesday that its net profits fell 53
percent to 152.3 million Malaysian ringgit (US$47.8 million) from 327.3
million ringgit in the same period last year.
Based on forward
booking trends, AirAsia said the outlook for its Malaysian, Thai and
Indonesian operations for the 3-month run up to December was positive,
warning that the outlook “should be seen in the context of the current
high price of oil and aviation fuel.” (nfo)