The commercial director of Sriwijaya Air, Hasundungan Pandiangan, told NusaBali that the Airline has formally filed a request with the Indonesian Civil Aviation Department to be allowed to take over the domestic air routes abandoned with the closure of Tigerair Mandala Airlines.
Sriwijaya Air has filed its application with the Ministry of Transportation, a fact confirmed by Hasundungan on Tuesday, July 8, 2014.
Sriwijaya Air has asked for permission to take over the former Tigerair Mandala routes operating between Yogyakarta-Palembang, Yogyakarta-Pekanbaru and Yogyakarta-Singapore.
Hasundungan told the press that the entire aviation industry in Indonesia was saddened by the closure of Tigerair Mandala. Adding: "This (closure) shows there is something wrong with the condition of Indonesia's aviation industry and how it is regulated. We are optimistic that we can become an airline that will continue to healthily develop."
The Sriwijaya Air official said the new routes have been carefully researched by the Airline in terms of market demand that remains strong.
TigerAir Mandala to Close July 1, 2014
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