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Airlines want Batam airport open 24 hours
Publication Date : 29-05-2014
Hang Nadim International Airport authority says the country's largest low-cost carriers Lion Air and Citilink, a subsidiary of flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, want the plan to operate Hang Nadim 24 hours a day expedited.
"They want the 24-hour operation to be effective immediately, but we have not received proposals from the airlines concerning night flight services," airport general affairs division head Suwarso said in Batam on Wednesday as quoted by Antara news agency.
Hang Nadim currently operates from 6am to 9pm.
Previously, the airport authority said it planned to begin 24-hour operations at the end of May.
"Today, the authority head has gone to Jakarta [to meet with Transportation Ministry officials] to discuss the plan. We are hoping that by Monday next week we can reveal the result," he said, adding the airport was in general ready to operate 24 hours, pending the readiness of supporting parties, such as service providers at the airport.
He said both Lion Air and Citilink would propose night flight services when the airport was ready to fully run operations 24 hours.
Hang Nadim International Airport authority head Suprayitno said that Hang Nadim would adapt its full operation to that of eight other airports in the country that open 24 hours.
The adaptation was aimed at switching flight schedules in rush hours, when passenger traffic was at its peak.
"In addition, Lion Air plans to fly non-stop to Papua. The Lion Group also plans to make Hang Nadim its international hub by 2015," Suprayitno said.
Moreover, the director of the One-Stop Integrated Service and Batam Indonesia Free Zone Authority (BIFZA) spokesman, Dwi Djoko Wiwoho, said that Lion Group would connect Batam to East Asia countries, Thailand, India and the Middle East.