Low-cost carrier Citilink Indonesia made the first commercial flight to Yogyakarta International Airport (YIA) in Kulon Progo regency, Yogyakarta on Monday.
Flight QG132 departed with 96 passengers on an Airbus A320 from Halim Perdanakusuma Airport in Jakarta at 11.30 a.m. and arrived at YIA at 12.15 p.m.
Upon arriving at YIA, the plane was met with a water salute and the passengers were greeted with a Kulon Progo traditional dance, “Tari Angguk Sigrak”, when they got to the arrivals terminal.
The flight replaces a Citilink flight from Halim Perdanakusuma Airport to Adisutjipto International Airport.
Flights from Halim to YIA will operate every day with a capacity for 180 passengers. They will take off from Halim at 11:30 a.m. with flight number QG132 and return from YIA to Halim at 1:10 p.m. with flight number QG133.
The CEO of state-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura I (Persero), Faik Fahmi, said the flight was a historic moment for Angkasa Pura I and Citilink.
“Angkasa Pura I hopes that YIA can increase connectivity to Yogyakarta and Central Java, which in its turn will develop the economy of the southern part of Java and its surroundings,” Faik said in a press release.
Previously, Citilink made a trial flight to YIA from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang on May 2.
Initially, to support accessibility to and from YIA passengers can enjoy a free shuttle bus provided by bus operators Damri and Satelqu from six departure points. The buses are running free of charge from May 6 to 12.
The Damri shuttle buses serve routes from YIA to Adisutjipto International Airport, Wojo, Purworejo and Magelang. Meanwhile Satelqu serves routes from YIA to Adisutjipto International Airport, Cilacap and Purwokerto.