Airlines Lion Air, AirAsia, Garuda Indonesia, Citilink will obey instructions confirms the transfer of the domestic flight service. Staff Communication Lion Air Mandala Prihantono Danang said the transition will be effective per July 1st, 2019.
“Lion Air (airline code JT) member of Lion Air Group will operate in the International Airport Kertajati, Majalengka, West Java, effective July 1, 2019 until further notice (until further notice),” wrote Danang in a written statement, quoted on Tuesday (25 / 6).
Lion Air will provide 26 frequency daily roundtrip flights to 10 different destinations. It also plans to use the new aircraft, the Boeing 737-900ER (215 seats in economy class) or Boeing 737-800NG (189 economy class seats).
Not only Lion Air, Malaysian airline, AirAsia also expressed his readiness to move Bandung-Denpasar flight route into Kertajati-Denpasar roundtrip. In fact, the flight diversion done faster, which began June 30, 2019.
“With the operation Kertajati, we have to move. So later people are going to Bali Bandung could not rise from Husein Sastranegara again, but from Kertajati service, “said President Director of AirAsia Dendy Kurniawan.
Not only divert the route, AirAsia is also going to open a new route Kertajati are ready to explore the sky, from the route Surabaya-Kertajati. Maiden flight schedule will take effect from Sunday, June 30 later.
According to him, Kertajati service is ready in terms of airport infrastructure. Although, still have limited access from the nearest large city like Bandung. Therefore, he asked the government to soon finalize the road Cileunyi-Sumedang-Dawuan (Cisumdawu) to improve access to passengers from Bandung to Kertajati Airport.
“If you use a regular street takes 2 hours 30 minutes, it was otherwise stalled. Obviously, this would be a PR for people who want to go from or to Bandung. Passengers also have other options, if it takes 2.5 hours why not through Jakarta alone. It’s a real input that we can from the passengers, “he said.
Not only toll road, he hopes the government can provide access to the airport train. Therefore, access to the trains will shorten the time compared to the toll lanes, so that excites people to fly from Kertajati than to Soekarno-Hatta and Halim Perdana Kusuma airport.
Therefore, the future service will compete with facilities Kertajati Jakarta – Cikampek Toll elevated II and the fast train from Jakarta to Bandung if two such facilities authorized to operate.
“If to Jakarta via Cikampek is still stalled due to the construction of the elevated highway (overpass) has not been completed so it is an obstacle. But if finished and there is a fast train from Jakarta to Bandung completed this course will be an alternative, “he said.
Apart from the access, Dendy said Kertajati service also requires the development of the supporting infrastructure, such as hotels, dining and more.
Based on data from the Ministry of Transportation, since it was established in June 2018 and then, there are five airlines serving flights to and from Airports Kertajati.
Fifth airline include Garuda Indonesia (Kertajati-Balikpapan, Kertajati-Lampung), Citilink Indonesia (Kertajati-Surabaya, Kertajati-Terrain), Transnusa (Kertajati-Lampung, Kertajati-Semarang), Lion Air (Kertajati-Balikapapan, Kertajati-Meddinah ), and Wings Air (Kertajati-Yogyakarta, Kertajati-Halim).
Kertajati service itself was inaugurated in May 2018 by President Joko Widodo. Airports located in Majalengka has a capacity of 5.6 million passengers per year. The construction itself requires an investment of Rp 2.6 trillion.
Source : Indonesia CNN