Quote: Indonesia and Saudi Arabia have agreed to increase flight frequency between the two countries, allowing Indonesian airlines to expand operations to the Middle Eastern country.
The route will be reserved for seven first category airlines, including national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, Mandala Airlines and Lion Air East, Air Transport Director General Tri S. Sunoko said.
Tri said that under the reciprocal agreement, Indonesian airlines could fly to that country 21 times a week from eight times previously, as demand for the flight service in the route had increased, local newspapers reported.
He said Garuda had already asked for an increase in its flight frequency to 14 times a week from eight times at present, but the government gave the airline a share of only 11 flights a week.
Lion Air, the country's largest private airline, has also asked to be allowed to serve the route using its new aircraft of Boeing B737-900ER and Boeing 747-400.
B737-900ER can make the trip, but will it not be tiresome for an approx 9 hour flilght, unless they have spacious seat configuration. Considering Lion Air I do have few reservations.