The AirAsia group will be expanding its services from Lombok, Indonesia as a new hub for the airline.
Lombok is part of a separate province and island east of its more popular resort destination neighbor. Along with several destinations in Indonesia, efforts have been made to boost the tourism industry in other destinations beyond Bali. Among the popular attractions on the island include beaches, surfing spots, and islands without motor-vehicles. The lesser known tourist destination has caught the eye of AirAsia, which has set its sights on the island as a new hub for the airline.
According to a statement by AirAsia, its Indonesian-affiliate will increase flights from Lombok to Kuala Lumpur, and have two of its Airbus A320 based on the island.
In a statement, the airline revealed plans for future flights to Perth, Yogyakartta, and Bali.
“In the next few months, we will be working with airports and government authorities to turn Lombok into our newest hub in Indonesia, making this commitment a reality,” AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes said.
The move comes as the island recovered from a major earthquake in the summer of 2018, with sights set to welcome more tourists to the island in 2019 and beyond.
“Lombok is a premier holiday destination in the region and AirAsia is ready to tell the world that it is open for business,” said AirAsia Indonesia CEO Dendy Kurniawan. Kurniawan added: “As an idyllic destination, Lombok has so much potential. We know that when we combine our resources and work with the tourism industry on marketing and public relations initiatives, we’re able to expand the market and drive greater demand for destination Lombok.”
Lombok is currently served by domestic air services operated by Indonesia’s domestic carriers. There are currently two international air links from the island: Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.