Indonesian airline Pelita Air is set to launch flights between Jakarta and Yogyakarta. The Indonesian carrier will offer a daily service on this route, with flights starting on June 20th.

Pelita Air announced Jakarta-Yogyakarta

State-owned carrier Pelita Air, which successfully relaunched its scheduled commercial services in April, will operate daily flights between Jakarta and Yogyakarta from next month.

President Director of Pelita Air, Dendy Kurniawan, said,

"The opening of the route from Jakarta to Yogyakarta was chosen because Yogyakarta is one of our priority tourism destinations. The opening of this route is expected to support the revival of Indonesian tourism after the pandemic, in addition to supporting the need for air services for students and academics in Yogyakarta as well as other business travelers."

The new service will link Soekarno–Hatta International Airport (CGK), Indonesia's busiest airport, with Adisutjipto International Airport (JOG).

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This will be Pelita's second scheduled service after launching Jakarta-Bali last month. Photo: Laurent ERRERA via Wikimedia

From June 20th, Pelita Air will fly every day between the two destinations on the following schedule (all times local):

  • Flight IP240 - Jakarta to Yogyakarta - departs at 06:40, arrives at 07:55.
  • Flight IP241 - Yogyakarta to Jakarta - departs at 08:40, arrives at 10:00.

Fares for this route have been on sale since May 21st. Tickets are available directly from Pelita Air or through the airline's travel agency partners. Travelers can snap up discounted fares as part of Pelita Air's "Hello Deals" Promo.

Significant expansion this year

After returning to the scheduled flight market last month, Pelita Air will pursue its ambitious expansion plans over the next six months. The carrier operates its commercial flights with a fleet of two leased Airbus A320s and plans to expand to six aircraft this year.

Dendy Kurniawan added,

"In the future, Pelita Air Service will continue to open travel routes to other tourist destinations and businesses in Indonesia."

The carrier's first scheduled commercial flight took off on April 28th, flying from Jakarta to Bali. The airline launched this service with a frequency of four times a week but plans to offer flights twice daily soon.

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About Pelita Air

Pelita Air was founded almost 60 years ago by state-owned oil company Pertamina to conduct operations in the oil and gas industry. The airline was initially named Pertamina Air Service before it was re-established in 1970 as Pelita Air Service.

The airline has primarily operated charter flights throughout its history, along with a brief stint of scheduled commercial services in the early 2000s.

The airline plans to add to its fleet in the coming months. Photo: Laurent ERRERA via Wikimedia Commons

Given the well-documented troubles at national carrier Garuda Indonesia where the restructuring process still drags on, there are high hopes for Pelita Air. The airline will focus exclusively on Indonesia's domestic market.

State Enterprise Minister Erick Thohir said,

"Indonesia is an archipelagic nation with a population of 273 million. It's a huge market. Pelita also should be part of a new paradigm to build a healthy airline industry. Mistakes that have been made in other places should not happen here."

Along with its two Airbus A320s, Pelita Air has five ATR 72, one ATR 42 and one Avro RJ 85.

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