Garuda subsidiary Citilink receives its AOC

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Indonesia's transport ministry has awarded Garuda Indonesia subsidiary Citilink its own air operator's certificate (AOC).

The AOC, awarded at a ceremony on 5 July, brings the low-cost carrier a step closer to spinning off from its parent company and to operate as an independent entity.

This will happen in the "near future", once Citilink receives its own two-digit identification code, said Arif Wibowo, the airline's vice-president, in a statement.

Citilink flies to Medan, Makassar, Batam, Banjarmasin, Denpasar and Balikpapan from its bases in Jakarta and Surabaya. It aims to establish a third base at a major Indonesian city such as Medan, Makassar or Denpasar by the end of the year.

The airline plans to grow the size of its fleet to 20 aircraft, up from 12, by the end of the year. It operates Airbus A320s and Boeing 737-300 and -400.