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Batavia Air And Zest Air To Start SIN Services  
User currently offlineYcp81 From Singapore, joined Jun 2006, 427 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 4473 times:

According to sources, Batavia Air of Indonesia and Zest Air of Philippines would be starting flights to Singapore soon. Batavia Air would start services in late Oct with 2/3x daily flights to Jakarta and Semarang while Zest Air would start service with 1x daily flight to Philippines (not sure which city though) from mid Dec. Both airlines would be using Changi Terminal 2.

Looks like competition is heating up on Indonesia and Philippines routes.


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User currently offlineAfterburner From Indonesia, joined Jun 2005, 1211 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 4401 times:

Singapore is the closest overseas destination for most Indonesian, and CGK-SIN is one of the busiest route in the region. Even Indonesia Air Asia have sacrificed several domestic routes to be able to fly to SIN. CGK-SIN route is currently served by SQ, GA, LH, QR, PR, Sriwijaya Air, Lion Air, Tiger Airways, Indonesia Air Asia, Valuair, and Jetstar Asia.
For Semarang, iirc Garuda used to fly SRG-SIN route but closed the route due to low load.


User currently offlineYcp81 From Singapore, joined Jun 2006, 427 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 4350 times:

And looks like Lion Air is the first casualty of the opening up of SIN-CGK and SIN-DPS route. They have reduced their SIN-CGK service from 4x daily to 1x daily SIN-CGK-SGN-CGK-SIN. Their DPS route is also currently suspended.


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User currently offlineAfterburner From Indonesia, joined Jun 2005, 1211 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 4336 times:

I believe Lion Air's CGK-SIN route has already been reduced to 1 daily for months.

User currently offlineGFFgold From Indonesia, joined Feb 2007, 443 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 4317 times:



Quoting Afterburner (Reply 1):
For Semarang, iirc Garuda used to fly SRG-SIN route but closed the route due to low load.

Yes, it really didn't catch on at the time. One wonders whether Batavia will have more luck.


User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4755 posts, RR: 26
Reply 5, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 4307 times:

If the ASEAN open skies is to be realised, I see this as a step towards that. Especially so between Singapore and the Philippines because there aren't many choices between these two countries destinations wise.

Quoting Afterburner (Reply 1):
CGK-SIN route is currently served by SQ, GA, LH, QR, PR, Sriwijaya Air, Lion Air, Tiger Airways, Indonesia Air Asia, Valuair, and Jetstar Asia.

Jetstar Asia doesn't fly this route because all of "Orange Star's" Indonesian destinations are undertaken by Valuair. But still, now that you take a step back it seems like there are SO MANY carriers on this route. It kinda reminds me of how BKK-SIN used to be, a fifth freedom haven.

Many of the frequent fliers of CGK-SIN (me being a sometime user) still seem to stay away from those "unknown" airlines, which might explain Lion's failure to capitalise on this leading to the drastic reduction. Not to mention the safety reputation of Indonesia's other carriers cannot be helping much.

Despite this, I think it would be a matter of time before SQ's and GA's pie get chipped away.

Quoting Afterburner (Reply 1):
For Semarang, iirc Garuda used to fly SRG-SIN route but closed the route due to low load.

Other than Semarang, GA also used to fly from SIN to...

- Amsterdam
- Bangkok
- Frankfurt
- Hong Kong
- London (Gatwick)
- Medan
- Padang
- Pekanbahru
- Shanghai
- Surabaya



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User currently offlineAfterburner From Indonesia, joined Jun 2005, 1211 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 4265 times:



Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 5):
Jetstar Asia doesn't fly this route because all of "Orange Star's" Indonesian destinations are undertaken by Valuair.

I made a mistake.Jetstar indeed fly CGK-SIN-CGK as a part of PER-CGK-SIN-CGK-PER route. The twice weekly flights are JQ's flights (JQ114 and JQ115) but they are operated by 3K.


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