2) Lion Air Group Plans to Operate More Services out of Timika
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - One of Indonesia's aviation giants, Lion Air Group, is mulling over the possibility of opening new, scheduled passenger services to Timika in the province of Papua.
The Head of Timika's Agency for Transport, Communications, and Informations, John Rettob said in Timika on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, that Lion Air Group's subsidiaries - Batik Air and Wings Air - have done the preliminary leg work to ensure that Timika's airport is ready to handle its' fleet, which includes checking the readiness of the airport's ground handling team, the availability of a ticketing office, as well as offices for its' staff and other auxiliary services.
"We are welcoming the move, as more scheduled services to and from Timika will mean increased connectivity for residents of the area," said John. "More flights also mean more competitive prices, which is always good."
John also said that despite the fact that Batik Air was recently sanctioned over an incident that struck one of its' airplanes in Jogjakarta, it has begun to move to meet all the prerequisites necessary to begin serving the route. "Once it's done, then Batik Air could begin to develop the capacity of the airport to accommodate its' fleet in Timika," he said.
Batik Air plans to deploy two of its' airplanes to serve round-trip flights between Tangerang's Soekarno-Hatta Airport to Timika via Makassar daily, as well as a daily non-stop round-trip service between Jakarta's Halim Perdanakusumah Airport and Timika.
Meanwhile, Wings Air plans to begin operating daily round-trip flights from Jayapura to Timika via Wamena using its' ATR fleet, starting at the end of March 2016. The same flight will continue on to Tual in Southeast Maluku, three times a week.
To date, only two national carriers serve flights in and out of Timika's Mozes Kilangin Airport - namely flag-carrier Garuda Indonesia and Sriwijaya Air.