JAKARTA - Low-cost carrier AirAsia Indonesia will connect Medan in North Sumatra and Palembang in South Sumatra next month to enhance its network in Sumatra.
The carrier plans to launch the new route on Oct 21, operating an Airbus A320 with a total capacity of 180 passengers.
AirAsia Indonesia CEO Sunu Widyatmoko expects the route to help contribute to increasing economic, business, and tourism ties between the two cities.
"The Palembang-Medan flight service also marks AirAsia Indonesia's penetration into the Palembang market for the first time, so we are now part of this city. We hope that our new route will become one of the Palembang people's top choices for flying to Medan," Sunu said on Friday.
The Kuala Lumpur-based AirAsia Malaysia arm of AirAsia has been connecting Palembang with Kuala Lumpur since 2011.
The company aims to increase its passenger numbers from 7.8 million in 2013 to 8 million by the end of this year. Through August, the airline recorded 5.31 million passengers.
It currently operates nine domestic routes and 21 international routes.