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Garuda Indonesia's low-cost subsidiary Citilink is about to open a new route between Jakarta and Penang in Malaysia, marking the beginning of its planned expansion into the Southeast Asian region. 

A Citilink's Airbus A320 sits on the tarmac of the Adisutjipto International Airport in Surakarta, Central Java, on Oct. 7, 2017 | The Jakarta Post/Bagus BT. Saragih
A Citilink's Airbus A320 sits on the tarmac of the Adisutjipto International Airport in Surakarta, Central Java, on Oct. 7, 2017 | The Jakarta Post/Bagus BT. Saragih

The new service, set to begin on March 25, seeks to maximize economic potential by specifically catering to people traveling for business, tourism or medical treatment, according to a statement issued by the airline. 

"According to studies we have conducted, Penang has wide open potential based on a high interest in traveling for either marine or culinary tourism or history to Bali and Yogyakarta. It is also a destination for medical treatment," said Citilink Indonesia president director Juliandra Nurtjahjo in a statement made available recently.

Citilink has declared 2018 the year for it to expand in the ASEAN region, which includes the countries of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

After Penang, flights to a number of other destinations across Southeast Asia are also expected to be offered, with Singapore and Bangkok slated to launch later this year. 


Source :  The Jakarta Post

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