Mandala Airlines will start running daily flights between Jakarta and Bangkok on Aug. 10 as the Indonesian low-cost airline expands its international network.
Bangkok will be Mandala’s third international destination after Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. The airline’s fleet of narrow-bodied Airbus A320s will service the route, with flights leaving from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport at 8 a.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Return flights will leave from Bangkok at 12:25 p.m. Monday through Thursday and at 11:25 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
“To meet Indonesians’ desire for travel we will continue to seek opportunities to expand our network in Indonesia and the region and to share with our customers the benefits of connectivity to the rest of Asia,” Mandala’s CEO Michael Coltman said in a press release on Monday.
Travel industry data show that the number of Indonesians traveling overseas increased 20 percent to 7 million in 2011, up from 5.1 million the year before.
“We are excited to be able to offer our customers more choices for flights to this amazing city,” Coltman said. “Bangkok is one of Asia’s most cosmopolitan cities. It is renowned for its magnificent temples and palaces, thriving waterways, eclectic markets and vibrant nightlife.”
Mandala airlines operates a fleet of new Airbus A320 planes, flying from Jakarta to Medan and Kuala Lumpur and from Medan to Singapore. It is partnered with Singapore’s budget carrier Tiger Airways.
The main shareholders of Mandala are the Saratoga Group and Tiger Airways.