New Indonesian destination for AirAsia

AirAsia will offer direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, Indonesia from 12 January 2011.

This new service will be AirAsia’s 11th destination in Indonesia. The carrier will begin servicing the new route with three flights weekly departing from the Low-Cost Terminal, Kuala Lumpur to Sepinggan Airport, Balikpapan on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

AirAsia’s network in Indonesia includes Bali, Banda Aceh, Bandung, Jakarta, Medan, Padang, Pekan Baru, Solo, Surabaya, Makassar, Yogyakarta and now Balikpapan. The introduction of the new destination will mean AirAsia having a total of 126 flights weekly from Kuala Lumpur to the various points in Indonesia.

“We are delighted to extend our AirAsia network to include an emerging market like Balikpapan,” remarked Kathleen Tan, regional head of commercial, AirAsia. “We hope this new service will enable Malaysians who are working in the oil palm and coal mining industry to return home more often and provide expatriates with the opportunity to use the Low-Cost Terminal as a hub for onward travel into other AirAsia destinations throughout ASEAN.”

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