MAJALENGKA The low cost carrier (LCC) Citilink Indonesia starts the Lebaran 2018 homecoming season by taking the inaugural flight, Surabaya - BIJB route (West Java International Airport) Kertajati, Majalengka, on Friday 8 June 2018. Surabaya Flight - Kertajati, with QG 9820 from Juanda Airport took off at 05.00 am and arrived at BIJB Kertajati at 06.15 WIB.
While the opposite route Kertajati - Surabaya with flight number GQ 9821 departed at 07.25 WIB and arrived at the City of Heroes at 08.55 WIB.
The prime landing of a commercial aircraft in Kertajati was accompanied by a water salute ceremony. Around 130 passengers arriving at the Kertajati terminal were greeted by interest by PT BIJB, PT Angkasa Pura II and Citilink Indonesia.
"This inaugural flight is part of an extra flight to accommodate passengers traveling to homecoming in celebrating Idul Fitri 1439 H in their respective homes," said Citilink President Director Juliandra Nurtjahjo, Friday (8/6). In welcoming the Idul Fitri holiday season 2018, Citilink Indonesia itself prepares 392 extra flights with a capacity of 70,560 passengers to various destinations in 12 routes in Indonesia including Kertajati.
Specifically for Kertajati route, the flight time from Garuda Indonesia subsidiary company will be valid on a regular basis as Citilink Indonesia will start to fly daily with the same departure and arrival hours.
Juliandra continued, The presence of Citilink Indonesia at the new airport BIJB Kertajati which recently inaugurated the President of Indonesia Joko Widodo (Jokowi) is intended to provide a choice of destinations. This is also to facilitate access to air transportation for passengers living in eastern West Java and West Central Java during the Idul Fitri season.
"Citilink Indonesia sees the prospect of passenger growth from and towards BIJB Kertajati very positive, making it possible to conduct regular flights," he added.
With flights to and from Kertajati, Citilink Indonesia also hopes to contribute in supporting local economic growth, as the government also expects to be a point of economic growth that immediately triggers the economic centers in the surrounding area.
Director of PT International Airport of West Java Virda Dimas Ekaputra welcomes Citilink Indonesia which can be the first airline by opening the route to this KJT-coded airport. Since it was inaugurated on May 24, 2018 then a number of airlines have already expressed interest to be able to serve flights from this Kertajati. But today Citilink shows its seriousness with its historic flight.
"Citilink is the first airline that can open the Surabaya route to Kertajati and also the reverse route.This is a historic day as well, because finally there are flights from Kertajati.Of course we would like to thank Citilink," said Virda.
Virda hopes, in addition to Surabaya's destinations, Citilink can also serve the community to other areas in Indonesia. Because at the beginning of the operation of this airport can serve at least five domestic flight routes to some dominant destination in the country.
The five routes are Kertajati - Medan, Kertajati - Denpasar, Kertajati - Banjarmasin or Kertajati - Balikpapan. "The route is what we expect to be able to fulfill by Citilink," he said, adding that the routes could be accommodated in terms of air-based transportation, "said Virda.
In addition Virda said, the opening of flights by Citilink could be another airline triger. The reason this airport in the early years of operation can target to serve 2.7 million passengers in 2018 this. To fulfill it, other aviation service providers are expected to immediately serve flights from Kertajati. Moreover, the 2018 Haj flight service is projected to be served from the Airport which has this peacock icon.
He mentioned that Lion Air and Garuda Indonesia have already expressed their interest to operate at Kertajati Airport, "With other Citilink flights, I am sure other airlines can also operate at Kertajati Airport," added Virda.
Operational and Engineering Manage II Pura II Djoko Murjatmojo said, to add enthusiastic citizens flying from Kertajati, it has provided cashback of Rp 10 million in every airline flight during this year's Lebaran season. "So every single flight we prepare Rp 10 million for this whole," he said.