On April 20, Mandala will start operating the Singapore-Medan flights, while her first Jakarta-Kuala Lumpur flight will commence 4th May, said Mandala spokesperson Astriana M. Ekasari in Jakarta, as quoted by tempointeraktif.com.
The airline said it will adopt Tiger Airways’ low-cost carrier model and will use new Airbus A320 aircrafts in its fleet. The LCC airline was grounded early last year due to debts but has been cleared to fly again by the Indonesian authorities in February this year after completing its restructuring process.
Singapore’s budget carrier Tiger Airways is reported to have invested in Mandala, now owning 33% of shares, with Indonesia’s Saratoga Group holding the majority of 51.3% stake and the remaining 15.7% owned by Mandala’s previous shareholders and creditors.
In the past years Indonesia’s air travel has grown rapidly, increasing by 10%-15% annually, pushed by the increasing number of low cost airlines serving Indonesia’s many islands, as well as on account of increasing incomes, making air travel within closer reach for Indonesia’s 230 million population.
Source: Jakarta Globe