Batik Air Indonesia eyes int'l expansion outside of Jakarta.


New York (AirGuide - Inside Air Travel) - Mon, Sep 14, 2015 Batik Air, based at Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta, is planning to start international operations out of the tourist town of Manado a CAPA report has suggested. In line with Lion Airlines CEO Rusdi Kirana's comments last year that the Group intends to develop international hubs in the east and west of the Indonesian archipelago, so Batik's long-term strategy is to develop Batam and Manado into its own international gateways. In the east, Manado will serve China and South Korea while in the west, Batam will serve India in particular. According to CAPA, Batik Air is currently considering linking Manado with Seoul Incheon in South Korea sometime early next year and, pending the issuance of suitable slots, it is also looking at serving Shanghai from either Bali and/or Balikpapan. Another destination said to be under consideration is Perth Int'l, Australia which Batik plans to serve from both Jakarta and Denpasar using its existing Indonesian Air Operator Certificate (AOC). The carrier is hoping to...

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