AirAsia becomes first to serve Kuala Lumpur to Kertajati, Indonesia

An AirAsia Malaysia Airbus A320neo on the tarmac.
Melvinn (FN2187), CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

When AirAsia Malaysia inaugurates its new Indonesian service on 17 May 2023, it will become the first airline to connect Kuala Lumpur to Kertajati, Indonesia.

Offering the only international connectivity out of Kertajati, the airline will bring the Greater Bandung and Cirebon metropolitan areas, as well as parts of the West Java and Central Java provinces, closer to Kuala Lumpur.

The establishment of the new service will also provide a welcome boost to both countries’ economic and tourism growth.

Strengthening of the Indonesia network

The two weekly flights will land and depart from Kertajati International Airport located in Majalengka Regency in West Java province, which is the second largest airport in Indonesia.

As AirAsia Malaysia’s 12th route in Indonesia, Kertajati strengthens the airline’s ongoing commitment to Indonesia as a core market and reinforces its mission to democratise air travel by connecting underserved cities in the region.

AirAsia Malaysia CEO Riad Asmat said: “We are thrilled to be the first airline connecting Kuala Lumpur to Kertajati commencing next month.”

“This route will not only boost tourism and the economy in the respective regions, but also strengthen the ties between the two countries. Serving the underserved underpins our brand.”

“As an airline group with extensive connectivity in Asean and the Asia Pacific, together with our affiliate, Indonesia AirAsia (QZ), we will continue to connect travellers directly to numerous unique and inadequately serviced cities in Indonesia and Malaysia as well as to the major destinations.”


History of AirAsia service in Bandung region

The airline’s first flights into Indonesia’s Bandung region began in 2004, and it has since become a popular destination for both domestic and international travelers.

Bandung is the capital of West Java province and is known for its rich cultural heritage, delicious local cuisine, and beautiful natural landscapes. The city is also home to several universities and has a vibrant art and fashion scene.

AirAsia’s entry into the Bandung market helped to increase accessibility and affordability for travelers. The airline offers several daily flights to and from Bandung to many cities in Indonesia, as well as international destinations like Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and Bangkok.

AirAsia’s first flights into Indonesia’s Bandung region have been a significant factor in the growth and development of tourism in the area, making it easier and more affordable for people to travel to this beautiful part of the country.

“Just as we pioneered connectivity into Bandung in 2004, we are excited to bring more people to West Java to experience the rich culture and natural wonders of this incredible region,” observed Riad Asmat.

“We are also looking forward to flying more travellers to Kuala Lumpur where we can connect them to the rest of Asean with our extensive network,” he concluded.

From Kertajati, guests can discover the best of Majalengka including the majestic Muara Jaya waterfall, breathtaking scenery at Terasering Panyaweuyan, turquoise lake at Situ Cipanten, hillside tea garden at Cipasung Tea Plantation and more, or travel to the highland city of Bandung. 

AirAsia Malaysia (AK) currently flies to 11 routes in Indonesia from Kuala Lumpur to Banda Aceh, Jakarta, Bali (Denpasar), Medan, Padang, Pekanbaru, Makassar, Yogyakarta, and Balikpapan, as well as from Penang to Jakarta and Medan.

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