Scoot Tigerair and AirAsia will open routes to Lombok
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – The government has opened ten airports in Indonesia for international flight arrivals and tourists, including Lombok International Airport operated by state airport operator Angkasa Pura I (AP I).
AP I relationship manager Arif Haryanto said on April 8 that the airport will serve AirAsia with Kuala Lumpur-Lombok return flights and Scoot Tigerair serving Singapore-Lombok return flights. Lombok International Airport, he explained, in its preparation is able to accommodate international tourists.
“We are still awaiting the preparation of the carriers regarding the exact date of the operations,” he told Tempo Friday, April 8.
Before the Covid-19 pandemic, passenger traffic reached 8,000 every day at this airport, which originated from 80 flights but now only serves passenger traffic of around 4,000 per day.
AirAsia and SilkAir served flights to Lombok International Airport. AirAsia offers two different routes, namely from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and from Perth, Western Australia. Meanwhile, SilkAir serves passengers from Singapore and vice versa.
The president of The NTB Association of Indonesian Travel and Travel Agencies (ASITA), Dewantoro Umbu Joka expressed relief at the reopening of international borders at the island’s airport, mainly the removal of the quarantine requirement.
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SUPRIYANTHO KHAFID (CONTRIBUTOR)