Citilink Indonesia Launches Inaugural Jakarta-Penang Route
Citilink Indonesia launches inaugural Jakarta-Penang route to provide greater mobility for business and leisure travelers.
A subsidiary of national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, Citilink offers daily flights from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport’s Terminal 3 to Penang International Airport and vice versa.
Citilink Indonesia’s president director Fransetya Hutabarat said the low-cost carrier’s global expansion aims to serve the ASEAN countries for better trade and tourism growth.
The daily flights are expected to provide better options for many Indonesians to visit Penang for medical treatment, business and holidays. Citilink expects the new route to help boost tourism growth between the two countries.
Visit Wonderful Indonesia 2018
The Jakarta-Penang flight will serve to support the Indonesia Ministry of Tourism’s program Visit Wonderful Indonesia 2018.
Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd managing director Datuk Badlisham Ghazali said Citilink Indonesia is the second new international airline after Qatar Airways to fly to Penang in 2018.
“This new route will boost passenger’s growth at Penang International Airport. In 2017, the airport served 7.2 million passengers and handled 69,000 flight movements,” he said.
Scheduled takeoff from Jakarta is at 9:55 a.m., arrival in Penang at 1:25 p.m. local time. The flight from Penang is scheduled for departure at 2:50 p.m. local time and arrival in Jakarta at 4:20 p.m.
Citilink Indonesia has flown to 66 flight routes and 268 frequency flights per day to 33 cities in Indonesia. The fleet strength has 50 Airbus A320 units. Five A320 NEO is equipped with the latest advanced low fuel technology.
Citilink Indonesia chief finance officer Fransetya Hutabarat said this was a significant milestone for the airline to be able to service the Penang route.
Malaysia Airports general manager (airline marketing) Mohamed Sallauddin Mat Sah said Citilink is the newest international airline and 19th airline operating at the airport. The management of Citilink Indonesia establishes the year 2018 as the year to expand into the ASEAN region.
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