Tuesday, May 23, 2017

South Korean budget airline Jin Air to open route to Lombok

Photo by BKPM

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – South Korean budget airliner Jin Air, which is owned by Korean Air, is planning to open route to Lombok Island, one of Indonesia’s popular tourism destinations. The plan is expected to boost tourism from South Korea to Indonesia, the Head of National Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) Thomas Lembong said.

“I have received official information from Chairman of Korean Air that its (Korean Air) subsidiary Jin Air, is ready to use Boeing 777 aircraft for Lombok, NTB route,” Lembong said after holding a meeting at the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Panjaitan on Monday (Apr 10).

He however said that Lombok Airport may need to modify its airport to accomodate the wide body airliner such as Boeing 777.

“Although the runway and terminal are in good shape, we have to also look at the navigation system so that aircraft can land in any condition, including bad weather,” Thomas Lembong said.

Bali and Lombok islands are two favorite tourism destinations for South Koreans. Thomas Lembong said the number of tourists from South Korea reached around 400,000 per annum, far below the number of tourists from South Korea who are visiting Philippines and Thailand, which reached over 1 million per annum. (BW)