Indonesia’s Mandala adds Bangkok flights

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Published: June 16, 2012

Jakarta-based low-cost carrier (LCC) Mandala Airlines (RI) is expanding its international network with flights to Bangkok (BKK), its third international destination after Singapore (SIN) and Kuala Lumpur, the Indonesian carrier said in a statement.

The airline is launching seven weekly flights between Jakarta and BKK from Aug. 10.

According to Mandala, the number of Indonesians traveling overseas has increased to 7 million in 2011 compared to 5.1 million year-over-year. As Indonesia is one of the largest economies in Southeast Asia with an annual growth rate of just over 6%, this rate of growth is “expected to continue in 2012,” according to RI.

RI, which was grounded in early 2011 due to its large debt (ATW Daily News, Jan. 14), was cleared by Indonesian authorities to fly again in February after it completed a restructuring process, which included a cash injection by Singapore-based LCC company Tiger Airways Holdings. It relaunched international service to SIN in April (ATW Daily News, April 23).

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