AirAsia has added an additional direct flight between Lombok and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, taking the number of flights operating on the mute to three flights daily — a total of 21 flights per week! From 5 March 2018, flights from Kila2 (Kuala Lumpur Airport) to Lombok International Airport will operate at 6.50, 8.35 and 15.40 daily. Flights from Lombok to KL will operate at 10.25, 12.15 and 19.15 daily. The airline uses an Airbus 330 for the flights with a sealing capacity for 257 passengers. Flight time is 3 hours and 10 minutes. One way flights from Lombok to KL start at Rp 919,000 per person.
The growth of the Air Asia flights Lombok – Kuala Lumpur route has been remarkable over the past 6 years. AirAsia commenced flights between Lombok and Kuala Lumpur on 12 October 2012 with just three flights per week, primarily to test the market. The flights were initially dominated by migrant workers traveling from Lombok to Malaysia for employment.
However, as market demand grew, the airline quickly increased its frequency to four flights Between 2014 and 2015 the number of Malaysian tourists visiting Lombok grew rapidly and AirAsia increased the route from 10 flights per week to two flights daily (14 flights per week) in January 2015. The transition from two to three flights daily was introduced on 22 January this year, with three flights operating from KL to Lombok (and the normal two flights operating from Lombok to KL during this transition period). Passenger numbers on the inaugural third flight indicate success, with the additional flight from KL on 22 January carrying 131 passengers of which 91 were foreign tourists.
Arrivals data recorded the nationalities of passengers from China, Finland, Chile, Spain, Maldives, New Zealand and Malaysia. The AirAsia flights are seen as a significant asset to the tourism industry in Lombok and the airline hopes for an increase of 30% in passenger loading with the additional flights. Kuala Lumpur is the hub for AirAsia and offers easy connectivity throughout the world, with routes linking KL to other major destinations in Southeast Asia as well as Europe, the Middle East, China and Australia.