MAJALENGKA - The inauguration of Garuda Indonesia's first flight from Kertajati Airport was marked by the operation of Kertajati - Tanjung Karang - Palembang pp flight services.
The national airline Garuda Indonesia on Tuesday (12/18/18) officially served flights from Kertajati International Airport in Majalengka, West Java.
The operation of Garuda Indonesia flight services at Kertajati International Airport was marked by the inauguration of the first flight service route Kertajati - Tanjung Karang - Palembang pp which was attended by the Regional Secretary (Sekda) of West Java Province Iwa Karniwa, CEO of Jakarta Raya Region M. Harri Lubis who on occasion This represented the Garuda Indonesia Business Director Pikri Ilham Kurniansyah and Operations and Business Development Director Agus Sugeng Widodo and related government officials.
Secretary Iwa greatly appreciated Garuda Indonesia's first flight, according to him connectivity has an important role in new economic growth. The opening of this new flight route in addition to increasing the accessibility of air transportation to and from West Java, is also expected to increase tourist visits to West Java Province.
This is one of the efforts of the West Java Provincial Government and all stakeholders to optimize the Capacity of BIJB Airport before the toll road is completed. Because basically tourism is a sector that can accelerate regional economic improvement, it can even provide a multiplier effect on other sectors.
"Thank God, thanks to good coordination with the Governor, the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Transportation, and the results of Garuda's study. This morning the first flight was carried out on the Kertajati - Tanjung Karang - Palembang pp route," Iwa said.
"The most proud even though the preparation is one week, it turns out that the flight load factor is above 80%. This means flights are profitable," he explained.
Iwa added, the construction of the Cileunyi-Sumedang-Dawuan Toll Road (Cisumdawu) which is currently in the second section (Rancakalong-Sumedang) certainly facilitates the access of passengers or visitors to this largest airport in West Java.
"Now the construction of section II (Rancakalong-Sumedang) with the longest tunnel in the Indonesian Toll Road has been completed. This indicates that the cisumdawu toll road can be completed in December 2019 and can be operational by mid-2020," he added.
The first flight service will complete the Kertajati - Balikpapan - Tarakan flight route back and forth which will be operated by Garuda Indonesia starting December 21, 2018.
Garuda Indonesia Business Director Pikri Ilham Kurniansyah revealed, "The introduction of Garuda Indonesia's latest flight services from Kertajati International Airport is in line with the commitment to develop the national flight network of Garuda Indonesia which also supports the government's commitment to expand national flight connectivity access especially through Kertajati International Airport".
In line with the commitment to develop the national aviation network carried out by Garuda Indonesia Group, the presence of flight services in the route Kertajati - Lampung - Palembang pp and Kertajati - Balikpapan - Tarakan pp certainly we hope to support efforts to accelerate opportunities for new economic zones in the eastern part of West Java and beyond "Pikri explained.
Industrial potential in West Java is considered very promising. Among them, Bandung Regency is the center of the textile industry, fashion city and modern technology. Garuda Indonesia is optimistic that the presence of flight services at Kertajati Airport will increasingly provide a diverse choice of flight schedules while further facilitating public access in Bandung, Cirebon, Sumedang and surrounding areas.
The Kertajati - Tanjung Karang flight route will be served with a fleet of ATR 72-600 with a capacity of 70 passengers operating 3 times a week (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday). Kertajati - Lampung flights depart from Kertajati Airport at 09.50 local time and arrive in Lampung at 11.00 which then continues the flight to Palembang at 11:30.
The Palembang - Tanjung Karang flight will depart at 6:40 a.m. local time which will then continue the Tanjung Karang - Kertajati flight which will depart from Lampung at 08.10 and arrive at Kertajati International Airport at 09.20.
Agus Sugeng representing Kertajati Airport welcomed the presence of Garuda Indonesia. The operation of this state-owned airline will certainly add to the prestige of Kertajati Airport, which has only been operating since June 2018. Because Garuda Indonesia is known to be a symbolic representation of Indonesian airlines that has been recognized worldwide.
"Prestige lasers will rise if this Garuda Indonesia enters Kertajati Airport is its own prestige," Agus said.
After the Lampung - Palembang and Balikpapan - Tarakan routes on the way back Agus hopes that Garuda Indonesia can connect other routes to remote parts of the country and even the world. As an airport that has a catchment area of ??15 million, of course Kertajati has a large potential market. So that the people of West Java, especially Ciayumajakuning (Cirebon - Indramayu - Majalengka and Kuningan) will welcome the many flight routes to and from Kertajati Airport.
"Let's support it so that Garuda can continue to increase its flight routes throughout the corners. So that this Garuda can connect to all of Indonesia and even the world, "explained Agus.
The presence of Garuda Indonesia adds to the existing flights from Kertajati Airport. Citilink with the Surabaya and Medan routes, then TransNusa, the destination for Semarang and Bandar Lampung, and Lion Air, an international flight direct to Madinah for the services of the Umrah Jamaah.
FREE DAMRI SERVICE
As an optimization of the operation of Kertajati Airport, land transportation services can be felt for residents of Bandung and its surroundings. Damri, which is supported by Angkasa Pura Dua, is ready to serve a route from Bandung to West Java International Airport (BIJB) or Kertajati Airport, Majalengka Regency, for free for one month. This is an effort to trigger the market with the presence of several airlines operating their aircraft at this airport, especially the end of 2018 holiday services.
"So as a step to make it easier for residents to reach Kertajati International Airport, Damri will free road transport services from Bandung to Majalengka and vice versa," Agus added.
The bus departure schedule is adjusted to the flight departure. Damri Pool in Bandung in Kebon Kawung departs at 04.00 WIB. This is to accommodate people who want to fly to Bandar Lampung and Palembang. The bus returns to Bandung at 10:00 WIB.
While for flight services to Balikpapan and Tarakan buses depart at 07.00 WIB and return from the Airport pool to Bandung at 15.00 WIB. People can enjoy this free bus by showing proof of flight ticket reservations.