JAKARTA (HN) - Lion Air Group will continue to expand according to demand for passenger flights. Indonesia's largest airline group that encourages domestic and international flights.

President Director of Lion Air Group Edward Sirait said, Batik Air will open flights to India the third week of December. This full service airline will fly directly once a day to Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Cengkareng. "We will use Airbus 320 aircraft to fly to India," Edward said in Jakarta, Thursday (8/12).

According to him, the public interest Indonesia to India on vacation or business getting bigger. Otherwise so. They Flights also supports Lion Air Group's business expansion to several cities in the ASEAN countries.

In the beginning of February 2017, Batik Air will also expand the route to Perth, Australia from Denpasar, Bali. The flights will support the tourists from Australia who want to vacation and business to the dewata island.

"We are awaiting the arrival of two Airbus A320 aircraft in February to be flown to Australia. Direct its flight once a day, "he said.

Until the first half of 2017, Batik Air will fly seven cities in Southeast Asia. Routes to be targeted is Shenzhen and Guangzhou, China, and Kuala Lumpur - Australia. "Next year we will fly to several more cities in Southeast Asia," he said.

Batik Air will receive four Airbus A320 aircraft until March 2017. The aircraft would be used to accommodate low in Southeast Asia.

Batik Air has on time performance / OTP reached 95 percent in the first half of 2016, the highest among all airlines in Indonesia. Total air passenger load factor reached 80 percent, especially holidays. Batik Air passengers reached 90 thousand people per year with a market share of seven percent.

The plan Batik Air will roam throughout the city in Australia, such as Sydney and Melbourne from Bali. However Lion Air Group will focus on getting permission Bali-Perth service in the near future. "We focus on it first, even we want to all the city but gradually," he said.

This year be a year of great pride for Batik Air. For many gains obtained in developing business in the aviation world.
This November Batik Air has been listed on the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA). Batik Air successfully completed an international audit of aviation safety.

Batik Air President Director Achmad Luthfie said, Batik Air has been working hard to get this certificate. Audit carried out for three months with over 1,000 check list of items that must be met. "Both in terms of engineering, safety, had fulfilled all," he said.

With this certificate, Batik Air has passed running international flight safety standards. Batik Air even run a full set of security management of international aviation world.

"It's a very proud because if you want to fly abroad, the state will ask if your company already passed the IOSA?" He said.

IOSA is designed to examine and assess the operational management and control systems of an airline. Audit will use more than 900 international harmonization of standards and recommended practices.

Batik Air now operates 40 aircraft, Boeing 737 and Airbus 320. In 2017 will receive 10 units of Airbus. Batik Air flight has been serving up to 28 domestic destinations and international flights to Singapore.

Reportage : Dian Riski Rosmayanti
Editor : Admin