Wednesday, December 7, 2011

IAA Contrives To Initiate ‘Unique’ Routes in Indonesia

Budget carrier Indonesia AirAsia, a part of Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia is contriving to open new routes connecting several prominent Indonesian holiday destinations to major ASEAN cities in order to support country’s tourism.

The unique Indonesian routes that IAA has offered includes flight service between Bandung, West Java; and Singapore; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Yogyakarta and Singapore; Kuala Lumpur, Surabaya, East Java, Penang, Malaysia, and Bangkok; and Medan, North Sumatra, and Bangkok.

Furthermore, IAA is planning to open new international and domestic air travel routes in anticipation of the arrival of five new Airbus A320 aircraft in 2012. The airline currently operates 16 Airbus aircraft.

AirAsia already operates from five major Indonesian hubs that are based in Jakarta, Denpasar, Medan, Bandung and Surabaya airports.

Based on recent data from the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), the number of tourists taking cheap flights to Bali, Singapore and other destinations in Southeast Asia has increased to 72.9 million in 2010, which marks a growth of 12.4 percent from 2009.

Additionally, Indonesia AirAsia plans to broaden its consumer base by promoting ASEAN’s brand in the thriving international travel market next year, which will focus on promoting the ‘four pillars’ of country’s tourism; culture, cuisine, eco-tourism and business.

As per the Indonesia’s Central Statistics Agency, the number of foreign tourists taking cheap flights to Bali, Jakarta and other Indonesian cities as of September 2011 reached 5.61 million, marking a growth of 8.26 percent as compared to September 2010.

Indonesia’s Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry is expecting 7.7 million people to take air tickets to visit Indonesia in 2011, which would be approximately 10 percent more as compared to the 7 million people in 2010.

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