Saturday, April 17, 2010

Batavia Air will add regional and international routes


Batavia Air is planning to add the regional and international routes to face the open-sky policy which starting in 2015. "Networking should be build up as widely as possible because the outside competitor would come in," said Commerce Director of PT Metro Batavia, Hasudungan Pandiangan.

The flight routes are to Perth (Australia), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Bangkok (Thailand), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea), Dili (Timor Leste), Tokyo (Japan), Hong Kong, Seoul ( South Korea), Dubai (UAE) and Jeddah (Saudi Arabia). "The nearest route to open is to Dili via Denpasar, and also to Jeddah. Jeddah route is planning to open on May 5," he said.

Hasudungan optimistic that Batavia Air is able to face the competition in the year 2015, since they begin the operation eight years ago, has a rapid growth. "Formerly, Batavia Air only have four planes," he said. To expand their market, Batavia Air also targeting as a national airline company to revoke the ban permission by the European Union. One of the effort is no longer using Boeing 737 series 200. "Now there are two fleets left," Hasudungan said.

Batavia Air is also committed to improving the delays that are still frequently occur. Batavia Air has flight frequency as much as 175 times per day to 38 regional routes and three international routes, namely Singapore, Kuching and Guangzhou. For the year 2010, Batavia Air has target to served the passengers around 7.8 million people, increase from the realization in 2009 as many as 6.5 million passengers.