Jakarta, October 6th 2012 – Citilink, Strategic Business Unit (SBU) from PT. Garuda Indonesia, Tbk, for low-cost carrier service (LCC), today officially revealed its Bandung – Denpasar round trip two times a day. Tickets are priced starting from Rp 290.000 for one way. The flight for Denpasar – Bandung is scheduled for 11.15 and 15.35, and Bandung – Denpasar for 12.25 and 17.05.
The city of Bandung has already famous as a tourism destination among both domestic and international tourists. The local government has consigned the sector of service as the main factor in developing the city’s competing ability, so far as to make Bandung as the most creative city in East Asia on March 2012.
Based on West Java Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS – Badan Pusat Statistik), there are at least 15,417 tourists recorded to have arrived in Husein Sastranegara airport in the course of 2012. This number shows a leap of 22.39% compared to its position in May 2012 that reached the number of 12,597 people. One of the reasons for the leap in number, according to BPS, is the due to the increasing quantity of direct flight routes to Bandung, be it from Kuala Lumpur and Penang, Malaysia, or Singapore. BPS data recorded the number of Malaysian tourists coming to Bandung on June 2012 reached up to 10,852, while next in line is Singapore with 2,106 tourists.
“Seeing the increase in the international tourist visit and the potential of domestic tourists from and to Bandung, Citilink takes the unveiling of Bandung – Denpasar route as a strategic step. There have been a great number of international tourists coming to Bandung with an intention of extending their vacation to Bali. With this route, Citilink tries to reach out for a more capacious market in delivering air transportation service for tourists or businesspeople from and to Bandung with a really affordable price, without neglecting to provide the best kind of flight comfort for the customers,” explained Arif Wibowo, CEO of PT. Citilink Indonesia.
Currently Citilink has served 85 daily frequencies to various important cities in Indonesia. In the future, Citilink will continue opening new routes to other cities. “Our target by the end of 2012 is to operate 137 flight frequencies daily. This is Citilink’s commitment to increase its service for Indonesian customers,” said Arif Wibowo.
As a further evidence of Citilink’s success in boosting its service commitment to the customers, the company has achieved multiple awards, namely Indonesia Travel and Tourism Foundation for Leading Low Cost Airline 2011/2012 category, Best Overall Marketing Campaign category in The Budgies and Travel Awards 2012 and the latest one, Service To Care Award 2012 for Airlines category from Markplus Insight.
About Garuda Indonesia
PT Garuda Indonesia (Persero) Tbk (GIAA), or more popularly known as Garuda Indonesia, is the country’s flag carrier. It is headquartered within the compound of Soekarno-Hatta international airport. Whilst the company is a public company, the majority shareholder is the Government of Indonesia. Garuda Indonesia is a world-class, internationally awarded “full service” airline with “4-star Skytrax” and “IOSA certified”, serving 32 domestic destinations and 17 cities outside internationally. For more information please visit www.garuda-indonesia.com.