Lion Group Transforming Batam Into A Domestic And International Hub

BATAM, January 27, 2014 - Lion Group has decided to make Batam its second major hub after Jakarta, a development that aims to make travel easier and more convenient for passengers.


The group in recent months has increased the number of domestic destinations it serves from Batam to 15 and aims to eventually serve 20 domestic destinations in Indonesia from Batam.


Lion Air will, for example, be launching a daily non-stop service on January 29 from Batam to Pontianak using Boeing 737-800s and it also aims to launch a Batam-Makassar and Batam-Bali Denpasar service.


Developing Batam as a hub, helps to relieve congestion at Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.


Lion Group president director, Rusdi Kirana, says: “Batam is ideally located for people wishing to travel between eastern and western Indonesia.” He says: “The distance is actually shorter if you transit in Batam rather than flying further south to Jakarta to transit.”


He adds: “This is a ‘win-win’ for consumers and for the airline. The shorter flying time makes flying more convenient for passengers and it means aircraft burn less fuel, leading to significant cost savings.”


International passengers will benefit too, because next year Lion Group plans to launch international services from Batam.


Overseas destinations it aims to serve from here include points in southern China such as Guangzhou and Hong Kong. It also plans to serve Bangkok (Thailand) and Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) from Batam, as well as destinations in India, such as New Delhi and Mumbai.


The flying distance from Batam to Northeast Asia and India is shorter than Jakarta.


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Leithen Francis

Head of PR

Lion Group