Tigerair Mandala became the first airline to connect Yogyakarta, Java, and Palembang, Sumatra, the flights commenced on Oct.1.
“We are happy to have expanded our network and become the sole airline to serve this particular route,” said Tigerair Mandala president director Paul Rombeek at the launch of the route’s inaugural flight at Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II International Airport, Palembang, on Tuesday.
The Yogyakarta Tourism Agency said 1.88 million people visited the city in 2012, up by 5 percent from the previous year. Palembang welcomed 2.46 million visitors in 2012, according to the Palembang Culture Agency.
There is one Yogyakarta-Palembang flight every day, passengers travel on an Airbus A320.
“The new route has huge potential. It is only a one-hour-20-minute flight between the two cities,” said Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II Airport head Eko Biantoro. Previously, passengers had to transit in Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.
Apart from Yogyakarta, Tigerair Mandala offers direct flights to Palembang from Batam, Lampung, Medan, Pangkal Pinang and Tanjung Pandan, as well as from Malaysia and Singapore.