Indonesian low-cost carrier Citilink has received the scheduled commercial air transportation permit (SIUAU/NB) issued by the ministry of transportation on 27 January.
The airline requires an air operator certificate (AOC) in order to operate as an independent business entity. Citilink expects to receive the AOC certificate in the next three months following the SIUAU/NB.
Currently, Citilink is a strategic business unit of Garuda Indonesia that provides low-cost service. Upon receiving the SIUAU/NB permit and AOC certificate, Citilink will officially operate independently from Garuda Indonesia.
Citilink operates nine Boeing 737-300s and Airbus A320 aircraft, and serves eight destinations in Indonesia.
"By the end of 2012, Citilink will operate a fleet of 20 aircraft, comprising one 737-400, six 737-300s and 13 A320s, and will also open new destinations, such as Yogyakarta, Padang and Pekanbaru," Garuda Indonesia said in a statement.
"In addition, between 2014 and 2018, 25 new A320s will be joining Citilink's fleet, following Garuda's agreement with Airbus for the purchase of 25 new A320s as well as an optional addition of a further 25 A320s," it added.