Silk Air airlines are willing to increase the frequency of flights to the island of Lombok from 2012, after knowing the flight activity inLombok International Airport runs safely and smoothly.
“I had time to meet with management in Singapore’s Silk Air, and they are willing to increase the frequency of flights to Lombok,” said Vice Governor of West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) H Badrul Munir in Mataram, Thursday (24/11).
On Tuesday and Wednesday last week, Badrul the entourage of the Regional Tourism Promotion Board (BPPD) NTB, visiting Singapore, as part of tourism promotion in the regions.
Badrul took time to meet with management to inform you that Silk Air Lombok International Airport (BIL), located in Tanak Awu, Pujut District, Central Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara Province, has been operated since October 1, 2011, and so far from the flight activity and to walk safely BIL and smoothly.
BIL was in an area of 551 hectares located approximately 40 kilometers south of Mataram, has a runway 2750 meters x 40 meters square, so as to accommodate the Air Bus 330 and various types of Boeing 737 and can accommodate 10 aircraft.
Unlike the vast Mataram Airport Selaparang their area is only 28,881 square meters. BIL passenger terminal covering an area of 21 thousand square meters, or four times wider Selaparang Mataram Airport terminal which is only 4796 square meters.
Terminal capacities BIL reach three million passengers a year, with an area of 17,500 square meter parking area. In contrast to Selaparang Mataram Airport which is only 7334 square meters.
Badrul said the promotion of tourism in Singapore visit was also intended to strengthen the Singapore-Lombok shaft, so that Silk Air management became one of the main objectives of the visit.
“After our discussions with management Silk Air, they are willing to increase the frequency of flights to Lombok, which will be realized in two scenarios ie direct flights between Singapore and Lombok, and Singapore-Bali-Lombok,” he said.
So far, said Badrul, Silk Air flight frequency with route Singapore-Mataram which then moved to BIL because Selaparang Mataram Airport closed from 30 September 2011, only three times a week.
Management plans to add frequencies Silk Air flight to Lombok, but the route Singapore-Bali-Lombok, then back to Bali and the flight to Singapore.
“Later, there were five flights Singapore to Lombok, which is three times the direct flights between Singapore and Lombok and two times the flight from Singapore-Bali-Lombok,” he said.
According to Badrul, December, Silk Air management will send a delegation to visit Lombok, to coordinate plans additional flight frequencies.
“After that, just realized the addition of the frequency of flights to Lombok, which was probably early 2012,” he said.
Silk Air is a subsidiary of Singapore Air renowned airlines willing to fly directly from Singapore Changi Airport to Airport Selaparang Mataram who later moved to the BIL, since the last three years.
So far the capacity of the plane Silk Air which flies Singapore-Mataram reached 118 people.
Government of Indonesia also serves “visa on arrival” for tourists who come from Singapore to Lombok.
source : investorindonesia.com