Indonesian low-cost carrier Lion Air has now resumed serving Umrah flights from West Java.
The flight services, which commenced over the weekend will operate through Kertajati International Airport in Majalengka (KJT) to Saudi Arabia through Prince Muhammad bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Medina (MED).
First scheduled flight JT-068
The first flight commenced on Saturday, April 15. Lion Air carried 210 guests of Umrah pilgrims and 7 flight crew. The scheduled service, with flight number JT-068 was seen off from Kertajati by several dignitaries.
The Lion Air flight was watched by Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi, Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture (Menko PMK) Muhadjir Effendy and Director General of Civil Aviation of the Ministry of Transportation Maria Kristi Endah Murni.
Also present were President Director of Angkasa Pura 2 Muhammad Awaluddin, and President Director of PT Bandara Internasional Jawa Barat (BIJB) Muhammad Singgih.
Representing the airline were President Director of Lion Air Group, Capt. Daniel Putut Kuncoro Adi, Acting President Director of Lion Air, Capt. Wamildan Tsani Panjaitan along with the management of Lion Air Group and other related stakeholders.
Umrah is an Islamic pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca, which can be performed at any time of the year. There is typically strong demand for transport services during and after the annual Ramadan season.
It is sometimes referred to as the “minor pilgrimage” in comparison to the Hajj, which is the major pilgrimage to Mecca that is mandatory for all able-bodied Muslims to perform at least once in their lifetime.
While Umrah is not mandatory, it is considered a highly recommended act of worship for Muslims who are physically and financially able to perform it.
Many Muslims make the journey to Mecca to perform Umrah each year, and the experience can be a deeply meaningful and transformative one for those who undertake it.
Supporting Umrah demand
Umrah flights from Kertajati International Airport (BIJB) can support the demand for Umrah worship during Ramadan and after Ramadan. During Ramadan and after Ramadan, there is usually an increase in demand for Umrah flights.
Lion Air umrah flights from Kertajati International Airport (BIJB) in Majalengka, West Java can provide many benefits for the community.
Ease of Access
Umrah pilgrims in West Java can easily access Kertajati Airport located in Majalengka. This makes it very easy for Umrah pilgrims living around West Java to travel to the Holy Land.
Reduce Travel Costs and Time
Umrah pilgrims from Majalengka, Cirebon, Kuningan, Indramayu and surrounding areas are increasingly practical, no longer need to travel far to other cities to be able to travel Umrah.
Developing Tourism and Local Economy
Lion Air umrah flights from BIJB, contribute to opening opportunities for tourism development and local economy in Majalengka and its surroundings.
Another added value, opening up job opportunities for the surrounding community and increasing regional income.
This can have a positive impact on infrastructure and economic development in the region. Umrah flights at West Java International Airport (BIJB) can be a stimulus for economic equality in West Java because of the various positive impacts generated.