The Garuda group (Garuda, Citilink) and the Lion Air Group (Lion Air and Batik Air) will move to the new Kulon Progo Airport on 29 March 2020. The airport will be the new international air gateway for Yogyakarta but without the much expected train connection.
It is a beautiful, large, clean and airy airport that can accommodate some 14 million passengers a year only in its first phase. This will be a welcoming relief for passengers currently in the dark, dull, congested air terminal of Yogyakarta airport. In 2018, Adisutjipto International Airport – currently Yogyakarta air facility – struggled to accommodate 8.4 million passengers in facilities conceived for roughly two million.
It will be all over by 29 March 2020 when all flights, by Garuda Indonesia Group as well as Lion Air Group, will be transferred to the new airport Yogyakarta International Airport or YIA. A total of 46 domestic inbound and outbound Lion Air flights will operate at the new airport, including flights from the cities of Padang, Batam, Palembang, Jakarta, Banjarmasin, Denpasar, and Makassar, among others.
Batik Air will move its Yogyakarta flight routes from Jakarta’s Halim Perdanakusuma Airport to the new airport on top of its existing routes from Jakarta’s Soekarno Hatta International Airport, Samarinda and Palangkaraya. A total of 24 domestic flights will go to and from YIA.
The transfer of all Garuda Indonesia Group flights from Adisutjipto International Airport to the newly built airport will happen also on the same day, a move which will help to improve flight services, considering the international-class facilities available at the YIA, Garuda Indonesia director Irfan Setiaputra explained to the Jakarta Post this week.
The decision to move its Yogyakarta operations was part of the group’s sustainable efforts to support the province to be the nation’s top-tier tourist destination and attract more international tourists, especially as the YIA has greater capacity that allows for the optimisation of passenger growth projections.
Garuda Indonesia currently serves more than 81 domestic flights connecting Yogyakarta to other cities in Indonesia, including Makassar, Denpasar, Balikpapan and Jakarta.
Meanwhile, Citilink Indonesia operates a total of 24 flights from and to Yogyakarta weekly, including those connecting the provinces with Medan, Pekanbaru, Palembang and Banjarmasin.
However, international flights will continue for the time being to land at the old airport near the city centre. AirAsia, for example, will continue to fly to and from the old airport.
The biggest issue, land connection from the airport, remains since the much-promised train will not be ready for at least for another year. Works are due to start this year to lay the rail tracks on the closed main rail line located 10 km away. Visitors will still be forced to either go on an at least 75 minutes bus ride between Kulon Progo and Yogyakarta city centre. The train will link passengers from Wojo station – some 10 km away from the airport – with a 40-minute ride at 12 trains per day. Wojo is due to be linked by a shuttle bus from and to the new airport.