Jakarta, 25th January 2019 – AirAsia confirmed their intention to develop their newest hub in Indonesia’s West Nusa Tenggara province, promising growth for Lombok’s tourism industry. Two Airbus A320 aircraft will be based in Lombok, with plans to double existing frequency to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia as well as to operate services to Perth, Yogyakarta and Bali.
Following post-earthquake recovery discussions, this will help the Indonesian Government’s sustainable tourism agenda to develop “10 New Balis.” As part of their commitment to the communities of West Nusa Tenggara, AirAsia is also in discussions to develop sustainable tourism initiatives.
According to AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes, this new development will help to support the post-earthquake recovery of local communities and develop the local tourism industry. AirAsia Indonesia CEO Dendy Kurniawan concurred, stating that Lombok is an idyllic holiday destination rich with potential, and that AirAsia intends to cooperate with the tourism industry to drive greater demand for Lombok as a destination.
AirAsia commenced international services from Kuala Lumpur to Lombok in October 2012, and currently operates 7 return flights per week between Kuala Lumpur and Lombok.