Lion Air Group strengthens Indonesia-Malaysia connectivity

A Lion Air 737 taxis for takeoff.
Photo Credit: Andrew Thomas CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Lion Air Group is currently supporting international flight routes from 8 cities in Indonesia (Jakarta, Medan, Pekanbaru, Batam, Yogyakarta, Surabaya, Bali and Makassar) to 4 cities (Kuala Lumpur, Subang, Penang, Malacca) in Malaysia. 

The Group is playing a key role in connecting key cities in Indonesia to prominent destinations in Malaysia. This network consolidation not only underscores their commitment to enhancing air connectivity but also cultivates stronger ties between these two Southeast Asian nations.

Lion Air Group’s Network

The Lion Air Group’s extensive network encompasses flights from eight Indonesian cities—Jakarta, Medan, Pekanbaru, Batam, Yogyakarta, Surabaya, Bali, and Makassar—to four Malaysian cities—Kuala Lumpur, Subang, Penang, and Malacca.

This network intricately weaves a tapestry of travel options catering to both business travelers and tourists.

Batik Air

Within Lion Air Group’s roster, Batik Air stands out as a crucial player. With its distinct flight codes, Batik Air ensures seamless connectivity between the two countries. Noteworthy roundtrip routes include:

Jakarta (CGK) – Kuala Lumpur (KUL): A remarkable 28 weekly flights.

Jakarta (CGK) – Penang (PEN): Offering 28 flights per week.

Medan Kualanamu (KNO) – Kuala Lumpur (KUL): Operating 14 flights weekly.

Medan Kualanamu (KNO) – Penang (PEN): A new route set to launch on August 16, 2023, with 14 weekly flights.


Yogyakarta (YIA) – Kuala Lumpur (KUL): Providing six flights every week.

Makassar (UPG) – Kuala Lumpur (KUL): Offering another six flights weekly.

Photo: Batik_Air_Malaysia_9M-LND_Boeing_737-8GP. Photo Credit: By Md Shaifuzzaman Ayon - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,
Photo: Batik_Air_Malaysia_9M-LND_Boeing_737-8GP. Photo Credit: By Md Shaifuzzaman Ayon, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons

Batik Air Malaysia

Batik Air Malaysia, a subsidiary of Lion Air Group, further intensifies the network’s efficiency:

Jakarta (CGK) – Kuala Lumpur (KUL): An impressive 56 weekly flights.

  1. Bali (DPS) – Kuala Lumpur (KUL): A staggering 64 flights per week.
  2. Batam (BTH) – Kuala Lumpur Subang Skypark (SZB): Offering 14 flights weekly.
  3. Medan Kualanamu (KNO) – Kuala Lumpur (KUL): A pivotal route with 14 flights weekly.

Lion Air

Lion Air, an integral part of the group, adds its distinct contribution to the network:

  1. Surabaya (SUB) – Kuala Lumpur (KUL): Operating 14 flights weekly.
  2. Medan Kualanamu (KNO) – Penang (PEN): A robust 28 weekly flights.

Wings Air: Extending Reach

Wings Air, with its code “IW,” completes the ensemble with the following route:

  1. Pekanbaru (PKU) – Malacca (MKZ): Offering 14 flights weekly.
A Lion Air Boeing 737 on the taxiway.
PK-REN, CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Lion Air Group prides itself on maintaining a fleet of modern aircraft, including Boeing 737-800NG, Boeing 737-9, Boeing 737-900ER, Airbus 320-200CEO, Airbus 320-200NEO, and ATR 72. These cutting-edge aircraft ensure that passengers receive top-notch travel facilities and services.

With departure points from eight prominent Indonesian cities, including Jakarta, Bali, Medan, and Surabaya, and flights to four major Malaysian cities, the airline delivers unparalleled choices and convenience for all types of travelers—be it the general public, business executives, or tourists.

Mutual Tourism Expansion

These flight connections to sought-after destinations in Malaysia, such as Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, and Penang, are poised to invigorate the tourism industry in both countries.

This enhanced accessibility empowers tourists to explore the gems of Malaysia with ease, fostering a reciprocal increase in tourist visits between Indonesia and Malaysia. The synergy of cultures and experiences exchanged promises to enrich the travel landscape.

Beyond the realm of tourism, Lion Air Group’s international flight routes yield economic benefits for both Indonesia and Malaysia. By bolstering connectivity and facilitating smoother business travel, these routes foster bilateral trade and investment.

The seamless movement of goods, services, and professionals contributes to the growth of both economies, nurturing an environment ripe for business cooperation and collaboration.

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