Lion Air’s Wings Air will be operating scheduled domestic passenger services from south Jakarta’s Pondok Cabe Airport starting end of this year, potentially relieving congestion at Jakarta’s Soekarno Hatta International Airport.

Lion Air’s spokesman, Danang Mandala Prihantoro, tells local media that Wings Air plans to launch servcies by year-end from Pondok Cabe to different parts of Java Island as well as to Lampung, the southern province of Indonesia’s Sumatra Island.

Destinations include: West Java’s Tasikmalaya city (TSY), Southern Java’s Purbalingga regency (PWL), Central Java’s Cepu Blora district (CPF), Sumenep town on Madura Island (SUP) and Lampung province’s Bandar Lampung city (TKG), he said.

Wings Air’s turboprop aircraft had been based at Jakarta’s Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport but that airport has been temporarily closed since 26 January for renovations.

Most operators relocated to Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, but Danang says having the turboprops at Pondok Cabe Airport could help to ease congestion at Soekarno-Hatta.

He also says Wings Air chose Pondok Cabe Airport, because it is convenient for people from south Jakarta, eastern Jakarta, South Tangerang, Depok, Bogor, Bekasi and more.

Danang says Wings Air operates ATR 72-500/600s and contributes to national economic activity by making remote communities more accessible for businesspeople, tourists, and logistics providers.


Feature picture, from TrueNoord, shows a Wings Air ATR 72