Government Invites AirAsia to Invest in Indonesian Airports


JAKARTA, – Tourism Minister Arief Yahya has said that many airlines are interested to invest in or open routes to tourist destinations in Indonesia. One of them is AirAsia Indonesia who wants to provide low cost carrier (LCC) services to some favored tourism locations such as Silangit, Banyuwangi, and Belitung.

“The aviation company has suggested the airports to have LCC terminal, just like in the countries whose tourism has developed well,” said Arief at the Presidential Palace, Jakarta, on Tuesday (2/20).

He further said that the LCC terminal is designed for cheaper airline services. For example, the passenger service charge which is usually Rp200,000, for LCC it is only Rp150,000 or even Rp100,000.

“We offer the company to build an LCC terminal in Banyuwangi, Silangit, and Belitung. So it’s not an LCC airport but terminal, like in the Soekarno-Hatta Airport where there are 3 terminals and one of them is allocated for the budget flights. Such arrangement will benefits tourism,” Aried added.

Earlier, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Panjaitan met with CEO of AirAsia Group Tony Fernandes. According to Luhut, in the meeting Tony presented his plan to develop Silangit International Airport in North Sumatra as a hub for airlines serving the international routes.

“Tony Fernandes wants to invest in Silangit to make it a hub for flights from India, Pakistan, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, China, and Thailand,” said Luhut in his office on Monday (2/19).

AirAsia is also willing to invest in the development of Blimbingsari Airport in Banyuwangi, East Java. (DTK/TPP)