Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Batik Air, an airline under the management of Lion Air Group, started operations on a new route to Chennai, India, in order to help develop Indonesias tourism by attracting more foreign tourists.

"For this new flight, our international destination is Chennai, the capital of Indias Tamil Nadu State," Public Relations Manager of the Lion Air Group Andy M. Saladin noted in a press release received by ANTARA on Monday.

The airline started flying to Chennai on July 23, 2017, with a scheduled daily flight from the Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali to later transit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, before heading to India.

The flight from Denpasar will depart at 11:10 p.m. Bali local time to Kuala Lumpur and will continue the trip to Chennai at 6:20 a.m. Malaysia local time.

The flight from Chennai to Kuala Lumpur will depart at 8:55 a.m. India local time and then continue the journey to Denpasar at 4:35 p.m. Malaysia local time.

Since June 2017, Batik Air has been serving two international routes: Cengkareng-Kuala Lumpur and Denpasar-Perth.

In the near future, the airline will start new flights from Indonesia to several cities in Australia.

Batik Air, which began operating in 2013 and currently operates 49 aircraft comprising the Boeing 737-800/900ER Airbus A320CEO, has also secured the highest international safety and security management standard IOSA, or the IATA Operational Safety Audit, and recognition from the European Union with the removal of a flight ban to Europe in 2016.

This demonstrates that Batik Air has always prioritized safety and security aspects in its operation to serve its loyal customers.(*)

Editor: Heru Purwanto
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