Nothing has come out of Lion's "talk" on moving to Halim Airport.
Frankly, Halim doesn't have the space to handle all of Lion's movements... Halim threw out Garuda's Citilink out, so why accept Lion? Other airlines would protest like mad too!
-IWC said... "I'll believe it when I see it".
Further on this, Lion's PR
machine is not only well oiled, but borders on lying!
Recently they've introduced 737-400s, which, they used to market as being smaller than their MD82s!
They advertised "Fly on a 1996 made MD82" and "Fly on a young fleet of MD80s", and continued to do so for almost a year (or maybe over) after their 1996 made MD82 went to another airline... Their average 1st flight date of their MD82s are 1985... and a few 732s in this country are younger than a lot of their mD82s!
Anyways, back to the Halim move... Lion's been complaining that they're not being given equal treatment at CGK
's terminal 2F, which was supposed to be dedicated for Garuda's domestic operations. They moved in, and basically overcrowded the terminal... Yet, they did not want to take CGK
's T1A which was empty... Now, Pelita and Merpati have moved in.
Tired of hearing Lion's publicized complaints, CGK
-Citilink and Lion to move... GA
-Citilink did, but Lion refused... But now some of their flights will move to T1A after December 1.
Initially, Lion publicly commented that a move to T1A would result in a massive cost of changing the company name to it's subsidiary, Wings Air... And the silly thing is, the media believed them!
Now, let's not get into the messy operations and "punishing" working atmosphere there!