Lion Air Group Expands Asian Network

Indonesia Lion Air Group is expanding its network with new destinations flown also by its subsidiaries in Malaysia (Malindo Air) and in Thailand (Thai Lion Air).

The group continues to extend its presence into new territories in Asia. Premium carrier Batik Air will start flying from 23 July 2017 to India. The carrier is launching a new route linking Denpasar to Chennai (Madras) with a stop in Kuala Lumpur. Lion Air Group carrier Malindo Air will code share on this route, which will be flown on a daily basis. Batik Air inaugurated in June a daily service from Jakarta to Kuala Lumpur as well as two daily frequencies from Jakarta to Perth in Western Australia.

Then on August 1, Malindo Air will start flying to Cambodia, a first for the Indonesian-Malaysian carrier. Malindo Air will offer a daily schedule between Kuala Lumpur and Phnom Penh flight with a Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Malindo launched last week a daily service between Penang and Singapore.

In Thailand, subsidiary Thai Lion Air postponed by one month its new service between Bangkok Don Mueang and Denpasar. Flights will start daily from August 1st instead of July 1st. The flight will be effective at the same date than a new Bangkok Don Mueang-Taipei Taoyuan route. Taiwan will be a brand new country for the Thai carrier. Both routes will be served by a Boeing 737-800.

On July 17, Thai Lion Air is launching  Chiang Mai – Guangzhou with four weekly frequencies. It will then be complement in September by 3 weekly services from Chiang Rai to Guangzhou. However, the new Chiang Rai – Changsha schedule has been indefinitely postponed.

On Indonesian domestic routes, Lion Air strengthened its network out of Pekanbaru, the capital of the Riau Province (Sumatra). The carrier opened in May two routes to Medan and Yogyakarta followed in June by a daily service to Bandung and Surabaya.