Indonesia AirAsia establishes Makassar hub

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Indonesia AirAsia has established Makassar, located in the eastern island of Sulawesi, as its sixth hub.

From the new hub, it will launch twice daily services to Jakarta and Balikpapan on 17 December, says the low-cost carrier.

"As the capital of South Sulawesi, not only does Makassar hold huge potential for businesses, it also has the potential to be an outstanding tourism destination," says the airline's chief executive Dharmadi.

"We will begin our operations in Makassar with two Airbus A320, and will add more fleet in the future to support our expansion to eastern Indonesia," he adds.

Innovata schedules show that Indonesia AirAsia will compete with carriers such as Garuda Indonesia and Lion Air on the two routes.

Flightglobal's Ascend Online database shows that the carrier operates 20 Airbus A320 aircraft.