Bandung. Indonesian private carrier Lion Air announced on Saturday that it would next week launch new routes connecting Bandung to Surabaya and Denpasar.
“The Bandung-Denpasar and Bandung-Surabaya routes have great potentials as a future market,” Lion Air’s general manager, Ari Azhari, said in Bandung on Saturday.
He added that the first Bandung-Surabaya flight would take off on Tuesday, and that flights would follow every day thereafter from Bandung at 4:10 p.m.
Bandung-Denpasar flights, meanwhile, are set to depart at 2:20 p.m. beginning on Wednesday.
Ari said the two routes would be served with Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft.
“We are optimistic that the load factor in the first month will be 80 percent,” Ari said, adding that Lion Air also offered connecting flights for passengers from Bandung who wanted to travel to eastern Indonesian regions, such as Makassar, Bima in West Nusa Tenggara and Maumere in East Nusa Tenggara.
Ari added that Lion Air would charge Rp 360,000 ($38) for Bandung-Surabaya flights and Rp 522,000 for Bandung-Denpasar.
He further said Lion Air was considering opening direct flights from Bandung to Southeast Asian capitals such as Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok.