Citilink pushes to increase Halim services

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Citilink is pressing the Indonesian government to open up more slots at Jakarta's secondary Halim airport.

Chief executive Arif Wibowo told Flightglobal in Jakarta that the airline has based two Airbus A320s at Halim and is utilising both aircraft for more than 11 hours a day on flights to Yogyakarta, Malang, Semarang and Palembang.

"We are trying to see if it is possible to add more [services at Halim]," he says.

Arif adds that the operations from Halim have been a good "short solution" for the airline, and it is picking up traffic from expanding cities nearby, including Jakarta, Tangerang and Bekasi.

While Citilink is planning to expand internationally this year, Wibowo says that while he could see the airline adding international services from Halim, it is not yet on the cards.

"It depends on the government. If the government gives us the chance [to fly internationally from Halim], we would take it," he says.

In the meantime though, he expects that the opening of new high-speed taxiways at Soekarno-Hatta and other improvements in operations will open up more slots for carriers there.

Citilink has a fleet of 24 Airbus A320s and will add a further eight to its fleet this year.