BANDA ACEH, NNC - Citilink Indonesia Airlines will soon fly the Banda Aceh-Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) return flight route three times a week.
"The direct flight of international route from Aceh, we start on June 24, 2018," said District Sales Manager of Citilink Banda Aceh, Teuku Muntashir, in Banda Aceh, Thursday (5/24/2018).
He said the airline operator flies the sky at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, using a 180-seat Airbus A320 aircraft.
This Citilink aircraft will land in KLIA 1, and it can be the main choice for people in Aceh to continue the journey, such as those with the destination of Jeddah or Medina in Saudi Arabia, and others, as passengers do not have to move to KLIA 2.
However, the tickets are not sold through Citilink network site, but through a travel agency in Banda Aceh, plus luggage facility of 15 kilograms per person and snacks.
"The new route was chartered by Ubudiyah Indonesia Aviation," said Munthasir.
Commissioner of PT Ubudiyah Indonesia Aviation, Dedi Zefrizal, admitted his side is eager to promote tourism in Aceh, especially Sabang, the famous gateway of world marine tourism destination.
Data from the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) said that the number of foreign tourists on holiday to Aceh as of the first quarter of 2018 increased by about 14.65 percent with a total of 9,808 people.
The country of origin of foreign tourists, namely Malaysia still dominates the level of visits in that period as many as 7,668 people, then the United States 307 people, China 246 people, Britain 227 people, Australia 199 people, and other countries.
"Our main reason is to increase the number of tourist arrivals from Malaysia to Aceh," said Dedi, as quoted from Antara.