AirAsia is to launch direct flights to
Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, Indonesia, from 12 January 2011.
This new service from Kuala Lumpur will be
AirAsia’s 11th destination in Indonesia. AirAsia will begin
servicing the new route with three flights weekly departing from
the LCC Terminal in Kuala Lumpur to Sepinggan Airport, Balikpapan
on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
To celebrate, AirAsia is offering an all-in fare from RM58
for bookings between 8 - 15 December 2010 for travel between 12 January
and 10 November 2011.
AirAsia has one of the most extensive networks in Indonesia with
routes to Bali, Banda Aceh,
Bandung, Jakarta, Medan, Padang, Pekan Baru, Solo, Surabaya,
Makassar, Yogyakarta and now Balikpapan. The introduction of this
new destination will see AirAsia have 126 flights weekly from
Kuala Lumpur to the various points in Indonesia.
Balikpapan, a city on the island of Borneo in Indonesia, is the
second largest city in the province of East Kalimantan.
surrounded by sea, Balikpapan is an important center of the
petroleum, mining, and timber industries. There are myriad of
attractions in Balikpapan such as the beautiful Melawai and
Manggar Segarasari beaches, Bekapai Park, Wanawisata Garden, Agro
Tourism Garden, Crocodile Teritip Breeding Farm and shopping
In addition to that, tourists can also visit
neighboring attractions such as the Orang Utan sanctuary at
Semboja Lodge, floating market at Banjarmasin, diving at Derawan
islands, canoeing while witnessing species of monkeys and caves
along Kandilo River and much more.
Kathleen Tan, Regional
Head of Commercial, AirAsia said, “We are delighted to extend our
AirAsia network to include an emerging market like Balikpapan. We
hope this new service will enable Malaysians who are working in
the oil palm and coal mining industry to return home more often
and provide expatriates with the opportunity to use LCCT as a hub
for onward travel into other AirAsia destinations throughout
ASEAN. We also believe that his new service will stimulate the
Visiting Friends and Relatives crowd and fuel AirAsia’s aggressive
growth in Indonesia.”
See other recent news regarding: