JOHOR BARU - Travellers will be able to fly directly to two Indonesian cities via a new airline which has set up operations in the state.
Indonesia's Xpress Air will be offering flights to and from Pontianak and Jogjakarta beginning June 14.
There will be at least three flights a week operating via Senai International Airport.
It takes about one hour and 20 minutes to reach Pontianak, while the Johor Baru-Jogjakarta route is approximately three hours and 50 minutes.
Xpress Air president Henny Kurniawan said the company chose Johor Baru as its second international destination (after introducing routes to Kuching last year) due to the similarities in culture between the two cities.
"The food, culture and practices in Johor Baru, Pontianak and Jogjakarta are very similar. There is a huge demand for such routes," she said.
The airline has been connecting Jakarta to 24 domestic destinations like Makassar, Pontianak, Sorong and Manokwari since 2005.
Xpress Air is offering a month-long promotional price of RM265 for a one-way ticket for the Johor Baru-Pontianak route.