"We are excited to launch a route to Singapore from Medan and Padang to offer affordable and quality air services to the public," said AirAsia Group CEO in Indonesia, Dendy Kurniawan.
Meanwhile, AirAsia Indonesia Commercial Director, Rifai Taberi said that tourism infrastructure factor becomes AirAsia (global) consideration when opening new routes.
"We are interested in opening the 10 priority destinations presented by the Ministry of Tourism, we are interested in all but we are in the assessment stage including Silangit, Padang, Belitung, Labuan Bajo and Raja Ampat," said AirAsia Indonesia Commercial Director Rifai Taberi.
Later, Singapore-Medan, Singapore-Padang flight route by AirAsia will be operated seven times a week using the 180-seat Airbus A320 aircraft.
Flights from Singapore to Medan and Padang will be serviced daily using 180 seat Airbus A320 seats. While flights from Kualanamu to Singapore depart at 05.50 and arrive at 08:15. From Singapore to Kualanamu, the route is cruised at 12:35 and arrives at 13:00.
The flight from Padang to Singapore departs at 09.40 and arrives at 11:55, while from Singapore to Padang departs at 08.55 and arrives at 09:15.
The price is guaranteed not to drain the bag. AirAsia Indonesia offers promo rates starting from Rp 479,000 for Medan - Singapore route and Rp 599,000 for Padang - Singapore. In addition, AirAsia Indonesia also re-opens flights from Jakarta to Medan with the inaugural flight on February 9, 2018.
Tariff given Rp 659.000 for Jakarta - Medan. For those interested, the promo rate is applied starting November 11, 2017 for the travel period 9 February to 21 November 2018.
With the launch of the two routes, AirAsia will serve a total of seven routes connecting Singapore and Indonesia. The route adds routes that have operated to / from Jakarta, Bandung, Semarang, Yogyakarta and Denpasar.
Tourism Minister Arief Yahya immediately responded with an optimistic tone. For him, the new route opened by AirAsia Indonesia will further increase the visits of foreign tourists from Singapore to North Sumatra and West Sumatra .
AirAsia's direct flight from Singapore will add connectivity to Indonesia, with the potential for tourist arrivals from Singapore to be even greater, "he said.