TEMPO.CO, Kulon Progo, Yogyakarta - State airport operator Angkasa Pura I has confirmed that Batik Air's maiden flight from and to the new Yogyakarta International Airport, Kulon Progo, will start on May 15.
The Lion Air Group's flight voyage was initially scheduled to commence on May 10 but was deferred to May 15. "The addition of flights was diverted on May 15, taking into account Lion Air's readiness," an official of Yogyakarta International Airport Agus Pandu Purnama said in Kulon Progo on Saturday, May 11.
Agus clarified that his side had yet to receive certainty over the release of the slot submitted by Lion Air to the Transportation Ministry. However, observing the potential of passengers ahead of Eid al-Fitr, he assessed that Lion Air will commence flight operations in mid-May.
Starting May 10, Lion Air Group, through its subsidiary Batik Air, will begin regular flights to Bali, Jakarta, Palangkaraya, and Batam from the Yogyakarta International Airport. However, the airline is yet working towards completing the formalities for the slot permit at the Ministry of Transportation.
"We await Lion Air's readiness and the release of additional routes to the Yogyakarta International Airport," he noted.
With a delay in the addition of flights, Yogyakarta International Airport is yet serving only Citilink that has been operating regular daily flights from the Halim Perdanakusuma Airport, Jakarta, to the Yogyakarta International Airport, since May 6.
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