CENTRAL LOMBOK – The management of the AirAsia airline will make Lombok a connecting airline or airline hub in the near future. This was said by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AirAsia Indonesia, Dendy Kurniawan, after meeting with NTB Governor Zulkieflimansyah in the Mandalika Special Economic Zone (KEK) in Central Lombok Regency, NTB, Thursday (1/17).
Dendy said, the appointment of Lombok International Airport as a hub for AirAsia flights as a form of AirAsia’s support for Lombok’s tourism sector. “This is our commitment to support tourism in Indonesia and Lombok. Lombok will become AirAsia’s fifth hub after Jakarta, Surabaya, Medan and Bali,” said Dendy.
Dendy explained, the decision to make Lombok as a hub could not be separated from Lombok’s promising tourism potential. As an initial step, AirAsia will place two planes at Lombok International Airport to serve three routes, including Lombok-Perth, Australia, four flights a week, Lombok-Bali 14 flights a week.
Then the Lombok-Yogyakarta route is seven times a week and Lombok-Malaysia flights for 14 flights a week, which will start operating in February. “With Lombok becoming a hub, we hope to encourage more tourists to visit Lombok. The plan for Lombok as a hub will be realized in May,” Sandy said.
Dendy also asked for support from the local government to work together in encouraging the provision of slots from destination areas such as Bali and Yogyakarta. “Our arrival calls for the support of the local government and the tourism industry in Lombok, because the tourism sector is not only an airline to succeed but needs the support of all parties,” said Dendy.