Tempo are reporting that the Lion Air Group, a parent company of privately-owned airlines, is planning to add 80 more planes to its roster in 2023, according to Daniel Putut Kuncoro Adi, the company’s President Director.
“Because geographically and demographically, we still need air transportation. So we are optimistic to provide air transportation in Indonesia,” he told Tempo at Pos Bloc Jakarta on Wednesday, December 28, 2022.
In 2022, the airline managed to increase its fleet by 43, or around 50-percent of the target. Apart from adding airlines, it also planned to add international and domestic flight routes.
For international routes, the new flights were planned to head to South Asia and Southeast Asia, including Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, and Pakistan. “We have explored that. And hopefully, it will be realized in 2023,” he said.
As for Southeast Asia, the new flight routes will be to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.
The addition of these flights, Daniel went on, includes all airlines that are members of the Lion Air Group, which includes Batik Air, Lion Air, Wings Air, Thai Lion Air, and Super Air Jet. At present, the airline group has 317-aircraft, consisting of domestic and international flights.