Citilink set to receive AOC on 6 July

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Indonesian low-cost carrier Citilink expects to receive its air operator's certificate (AOC) on 6 July, completing its spin off from parent Garuda Indonesia.

The airline has received approval by the country's transport ministry to operate on its own and is in the process of completing the final paperwork, says Citilink's senior vice-president Arif Wibowo.

As part of its expansion plans, Citilink is looking to establish a third base in a major Indonesian city such as Medan, Makassar or Denpasar by the end of the year.

It also plans to expand its fleet to 20 aircraft by the end of the year. The airline will take delivery of 10 A320s per year from 2013 onwards, bringing the total to 50 A320s by 2015, says Wibowo.

Citilink now operates 12 Airbus A320, Boeing 737-300 and -400 aircraft.