Airport Operator Angkasa Pura I has rolled out 28 new routes so far this year in an effort to strengthen connectivity and develop tourism in Indonesia’s middle and eastern region.
The 28 new routes consist of 20 domestic routes and eight international routes. Some airlines that are participating in opening these routes include Garuda Indonesia, Lion Air, Sriwijaya Air, Malindo Air, Susi Air, Wings Air, Air Asia, Dimonim Air, Batik Air and Air New Zealand.
Angkasa Pura I President Director Danang Baskoro said the airport operator has introduced incentives and initiatives to support the growth goal.
The launch of the Collaborative Destination Development is aimed at increasing awareness of business and tourism potential in supporting national development and economic growth.
Baskoro said the key to success in developing tourism and the aviation industry lies in the development of collaborations between the government, airlines and the airports. Through the Collaborative Destination Development, Angkasa Pura I encourages stakeholders, including travel agents and operators, to take take part.
The president director is optimistic opening the 28 new routes will see the end of semester results rise to 90 million passengers, which would be an 11 percent increase in the same period 2016.
Angkasa Pura II has also opened 17 additional new routes since January.
Angkasa Pura II President Director Muhammad Awaluddin said the new routes will ease access for travelers across Indonesia, as well as strengthen the economy and tourism sector. The operator has been involved promoting tourism destinations, particularly in Western Indonesia.
Awaluddin joins Baskoro in optimism that additional routes and flights will increase passenger figures. Angkasa Pura II has targeted to service 100 million this year, with 4 million hoped to be foreign tourists.
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