INDONESIA - Tigerair Mandala has opened a direct route between Yogyakarta, Java, and Palembang, Sumatra. The flights commenced on Oct.1.
Tigerair Mandala president director Paul Rombeek said that the new route provided huge potential for the airline as the number of people traveling to the cities continued to increase. He was speaking at the launch of the route's inaugural flight at Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II International Airport, Palembang.
There is one Yogyakarta-Palembang flight every day. Passengers travel on an Airbus A320. "There is huge potential for the new route. It is only a one-hour-20-minute flight between the two cities," said Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II Airport head Eko Biantoro. Previously, passengers had to transit in Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.
Apart from Yogyakarta, Tigerair Mandala offers direct flights to Palembang from Batam, Lampung, Medan, Pangkal Pinang and Tanjung Pandan, as well as from Malaysia and Singapore.