Saturday, October 24

Express Air to ply Kuching-Pontianak-Bandung route next month


KUCHING: Indonesia’s regional airline Express Air will be the latest airliner to fly to Kuching, offering travellers with the option to fly the Kuching-Pontianak-Bandung route starting early next month.

The Indonesian consul-general in Sarawak, Djoko Harjanto, confirmed the Makassar-based Express Air has added Kuching as its latest destination.

“Express Air will connect Kuching, Pontianak and Bandung, and its maiden flight is scheduled sometime in early September. With the entry of this new airline, the people in Sarawak now have another option to travel to Pontianak and direct journey to Bandung,” he said when contacted yesterday.

For a start, he said Express Air will provide flights three

times weekly. He also stated that Express Air will fill in the vacuum left by Batavia Air which has ceased operations since February.

Previously, Batavia Air plied three times weekly from here to Pontianak and onwards to Jakarta.

Djoko said the flight to Bandung should excite holiday-goers in Sarawak for its shopping and tourism attraction.

“There have never been any flight from Kuching to Bandung before, but soon there is,” he said.

At present, MASwings serves the Kuching-Pontianak route, flying seven times weekly.