AirAsia Indonesia’s Commercial Director Widijastoro Nugroho gave special souvenirs, red roses and airplane-shaped chocolates, to the first passengers on the Bandung-Surabaya route. He was assisted in greeting the passengers by PT Angkasa Pura II GM Eko Diantoro and Husein Sastranegara Airbase Commander Colonel Umar Sugeng Haryono.
- Indonesia AirAsia launched two new domestic routes to Surabaya (SUB), the country’s second-largest city, on 14 February. Each daily flights now operate from both Denpasar (DPS) on Bali and Bandung (BDO), the capital of West Java. The operator of 180-seat A320s faces considerable competition on both routes. From Bandung, competition comes from Merpati Nusantara’s twice-daily, Garuda Indonesia’s daily and Sriwijaya Air’s daily flights, while from Bali, four airlines compete; Lion Air with 63 flights a week, Garuda Indonesia with 22, Merpati Nusantara Airline with 21, and Batavia Air with a twice-weekly service.