INDONESIAN low-cost carrier Citilink Indonesia has launched its inaugural flight from Jakarta to Penang.
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said Penang with its strategic location within Asean is proud to be chosen by the four-star low-cost carrier as its second international route after Dili in Timor Leste.
“Penang is a world-class travel destination, one that is known for offering what is unique for a modern international island city.
“Hotel occupancy has gone up and our Penang International Airport is the third busiest airport in Malaysia,” he said in his speech after the maiden flight from Jakarta touched down at the airport recently.
Lim said passenger traffic at the airport hit an all-time high at 7.2 million passengers last year, an increase of 8% compared to just 6.6 million passengers in 2016.
“This has exceeded the airport’s maximum capacity of 6.5 million passengers. Plans have been approved to expand our airport to handle 12 million passengers.”
Citilink Indonesia chief finance officer Fransetya Hutabarat said this was a significant milestone for the airline to be able to service the Penang route.
Malaysia Airports general manager (airline marketing) Mohamed Sallauddin Mat Sah said Citilink is the newest international airline and 19th airline operating at the airport.