27 February 2014.
Perth is set to see an influx in the number of airlines’ servicing the area with Garuda Indonesia budget carrier, Citilink set to announce a Perth service by the end of the year.
According to a Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation analytical study, Citilink is planning a more rapid domestic expansion in 2014 and the launch of international services, with an initial six routes into various Malaysian and Singaporean destinations.
The airline wishes to tap into the heavily packed Bali – Perth route which became the 2nd most travelled route into Perth in terms of passenger numbers.
Citilink will enter an already heavily competed route for airlines including Indonesia AirAsia, which recently increased to 35 weekly services (5 a day), Garuda Indonesia, Jetstar and Virgin Australia.
The Garuda Indonesia group brand strategy calls for the two brands to operate different sectors which will make Garuda Indonesia abandon at least one of its daily services which it currently offers as a full-service airline.
At just under four hours Bali-Perth will be by far Citilink’s longest route, helping the carrier in its quest to increase its average utilisation rate and stage length.
Citilink Indonesia CEO Arif Wibowo said that the low-cost carrier would increase the price of its tickets.
“This is part of our expansion plan so that we will receive greater revenue in US dollars,”
Arif said, adding that Citilink’s current regional flights accounted for 10 percent of their total routes.
He said that the airline aimed to increase their international flights by 20 percent by 2018.
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