NUSAJAYA: More foreign airlines are expected to fly into Senai International Airport in the near future via scheduled commercial and chartered flights.
The state tourism executive councillor Datuk Tee Siew Kiong said the latest application was received from Citilink Indonesia to start air services between Indonesian cities and Johor Baru.
“The airline plans to offer return flights from Bandung, Surabaya, Denpasar and Medan to Johor Baru,’’ he said responding to a question from M. Asojan (Gambir-BN).
Tee said Johor has forwarded the application by the airline to the Transport Ministry, Department of Civil Aviation and Senai Airport Terminal Services for follow-up action.
He said if approval was given by the relevant authorities for the airline to fly into Senai, it would be the second low-cost airline from Indonesia to fly to Johor Baru.
Currently, Air Asia Indonesia now serves Indonesian cities namely Surabaya, Jakarta, and Medan to Johor Baru and from Dec 1, would ply Bandung-Johor Baru routes.
Citilink is a low-cost airline headquartered in Jakarta, Indonesia was established in 2001, as a low-cost subsidiary of Garuda Indonesia, set up to operate shuttle services between the Indonesian cities.
Since July 30, 2012, Citilink has officially operated as a separate business entity from Garuda Indonesia operating aircraft with a new call sign, logo and uniform.
Citilink now has 18 commercial aircraft consisting of five Airbus A320-210, six Airbus A320-230 aircraft, six Boeing 737-300 aircraft and Boeing 737-400.
The company also has ordered eight Airbus A320-210 planes to complement the needs of the company. Its main hub is Juanda International Airport Surabaya, East Java.
“The state tourism department has also been talking with several foreign airlines to operate chartered flights from the region,’’ added Tee adding that among the airlines were ANA Airlines from South Korea, Cebu Airlines of Philippines, and those from China and Hong Kong.
Tee said with more airlines flying connecting Johor Baru with other regional cities, Johor wanted to establish Senai Airport as the aviation hub in the southern region.
Meanwhile, the state public works executive councillor Datuk Hasni Mohamad said the elevated road project in the Taman Kebun Teh-Taman Melodies is already in the final stage of designing.
He said the project to be known as East West Link would connect the western and eastern parts of Johor Baru city and help to disperse traffic and ease congestion, responding to a question from Andrew Chen Kah Eng (Stulang-DAP).
“Decision on the project will be made by the year-end and estimated to cost RM500mil of which RM350mil for the construction cost and RM150mil for land acquisition,’’ said Hasni.