Lion Air Denies Involvement in Jakarta Halim Airport

A Lion Air 737 taxis for takeoff.
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Low-cost carrier Lion Air Group has denied its involvement in Jakarta Halim’s operational transfer from public airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II (AP II) to Angkasa Transportindo Selaras (ATS), a move that ends a decade-long dispute on the airport.

The airport is located in the east of Jakarta and receives commercial flights while it is also the base of TNI-AU Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Udara (Indonesian Air Force) which belongs to the Indonesian Armed Forces (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – TNI).

Angkasa Pura II revealed last weekend that it was handing over its management to ATS in accordance with a 2015 Supreme Court ruling.

The airport was temporarily closed for public use in November 2021 for nine months for renovations, but Lion Air’s Batik Air (ID, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta) will launch routes from there from July 31 to the airports of Bandar Lampung, Denpasar and Makassar, Malang, Medan Kuala Namu, Padang, Pekanbaru and Surabaya.

ATS was a subsidiary of the Lion Air group. However, the group’s corporate communications manager, Danang Mandala Prihantoro, told local media that “Angkasa Transportindo Selaras has not been part of Lion Air Group since December 2020” and the group has no interest in managing the airport.

The decision to transfer administrative control was made at a July 20 meeting between Angkasa Pura II, ATS and the Indonesian Air Force. Air Force Information Service chief Indan Gilang Buldansyah confirmed that the handover followed a court ruling with permanent legal force.

Domestic services transfer

Meanwhile, Lion Air and Batik Air announced that their domestic flight services, operational departures and arrivals at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport will be transferred from August 2.

“The operations of Batik Air is moving to Terminal 2D from Gate 2 and the operations of Lion Air is moving to Terminal 2E from Gate 4,” said Lion Air Group’s corporate communications manager, Danang Mandala Prihantoro on Thursday July 28.

He added that international flight services are still operating in Terminal 3 of Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.

“The transfer of this service was based on coordination and cooperation with the PT Angkasa Pura II (AP II) State Airports Administration, regulators, air traffic controllers AirNav Indonesia and other relevant partners, in the purpose of facilitating and accelerating the process of air travel for passengers”

“We hope that the synergy will continue to be established in order to operate and serve passengers better,” Danang concluded.

Medan – Kuala Lumpur route opened

Meanwhile, Batik Air officially opened a new international flight this week from North Sumatra to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The round-trip flights are offered via Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Medan to Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Lion Air Group’s corporate communications manager, Danang Mandala Prihantoro, said in Jakarta on Tuesday July 26.

The Lion Air Group subsidiary operated Boeing 737-800NG with 12 business class seats and 156 economy class seats. This is a modern, next-generation fleet sent by aircraft manufacturers,” Danang added.

The airline’s management hopes that the new flight will provide a new option for traveling from Indonesia to Kuala Lumpur other than flights from Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten (CGK). In addition, this flight will facilitate the transport of people whether for travel or business purposes.

Danang also said the flight will help regions to develop connectivity. “We are confident that this will improve the competitiveness of the global business, trade and tourism potentials even faster.”

He added that the Kualanamu-Kuala Lumpur flight path is expected to be one of the driving forces for accelerated regional economic recovery in Southeast Asia.

Bali-Melbourne route resumed

Earlier this month, Batik Air officially resumed its Bali-Melbourne route which had been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Bali is a regular destination for travelers from Melbourne and Kuala Lumpur,” the carrier’s managing director, Captain Mushafiz bin Mustafa Bakri, said in a statement written at the time.

Captain Bakri added that the new route has been reopened as the airline industry recovers and customer demand for Bali-Melbourne-Bali flights increases. Batik Air, he continued, expanded connections to and from Bali by making I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport an airport hub:

“Passengers who want to travel between Kuala Lumpur and Melbourne or those who want to visit Bali before continuing their journey can take advantage of this new route,” Mushafiz said.

The Malaysia-based carrier uses a Boeing 737. Flight routes to Melbourne are available from I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

Meanwhile, flight itineraries to Bali from Melbourne International Airport are now available every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

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