SilkAir to fly to Yogyakarta

JAKARTA - SilkAir, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, will be launching direct air services between Singapore and Yogyakarta from Nov 25 this year, increasing its Indonesian network to 12 destinations.

Subject to regulatory approval, the flights will operate three times weekly on Monday, Friday and Sunday, the airline said in a statement.

The new services would be operated with Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft, featuring both Business and Economy Class cabins, it said.

"Yogyakarta will be the 12th destination in SilkAir's Indonesian network. This comes right after our launch to Semarang and Makassar on July 29 and Aug. 1, respectively, and reinforces our strong commitment to increasing connectivity between Indonesia and Singapore," SilkAir chief executive Leslie Thng said.

As the capital of the Yogyakarta Special Region in Java, Yogyakarta is a centre for classical Javanese culture and fine art.

With the world famous Borobudur and Prambanan temples also in close proximity, Yogyakarta offers a variety of natural attractions and sightseeing opportunities both within and outside the city.

SilkAir first began operations to Indonesia in August 1992 and has steadily strengthened its network over the years.

SilkAir currently serves 11 Indonesian destinations, namely Balikpapan; Bandung; Lombok; Manado; Makassar; Medan; Palembang; Pekanbaru; Semarang; Surabaya, and Surakarta.

Once the new services are operational, SilkAir's flight frequency to Indonesia will increase to 70 flights per week.