New Hub Of Opportunities
Since its opening, the new Lombok Airport experienced the strongest growth of all airports in Indonesia recording a 138% rise in international visitor arrivals in 2013 – from 17,032 arrivals in 2012 to 40,380 arrivals the following year. In terms of total arrivals, the island surged ahead with an astonishing 214.7% growth during the first quarter of 2014.
AirAsia Bhd’s flight frequencies for the Lumpur-Lombok airport route are expected to increase to 14 weekly flights from the current 10 weekly flights starting January 23, 2015.
At present, the Lombok International Airport serves six domestic airlines, which includes : aruda Indonesia, Lion Air, Merpati Air, Trans Nusa Air, Wings Air and Citilink Indonesia. Allowing traffic to/from seven different cities within Indonesia making about 224 inbound flights to Lombok per week.
In addition, the new airport currently serves five international airlines, which includes Tiger Airways, Silk Air, Air Asia, Jetstar and a seasonal charter, Norwind Airlines.
Overall, these international airlines travel to/from four different cities, including Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and Perth, making about 19 inbound flights to Lombok per week.
the Increase of Garuda Indonesia services between Bali and Lombok from one to thrice weekly has given Lombok new opportunities to reach the China and South Korean markets as well as Australian markets beyond Perth.
Furthermore, it was also reported that Cathay Pacific is considering introducing direct flights between Hong Kong and Lombok. This could potentially connect Lombok to other medium-haul markets outside of the Southeast Asian region, particularly the China market.