Welcome to Pekanbaru. Jetstar Asia’s inaugural service from Singapore arrived seven minutes ahead of schedule (according to Flightradar24.com) but the fire services were still there in time to welcome the A320 with a water arch salute.
- Jetstar Asia has added two new destinations from its Singapore (SIN) hub in the last week. On 10 December the LCC began thrice-weekly (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays) service on the short, 299-kilometre route to Pekanbaru (PKU) in Indonesia. The airport pair is already served by SilkAir, also with thrice-weekly flights. Then, on 14 December, Jetstar Asia began twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays) flights to Guiyang (KWE) in China. The 2,815-kilometre route is not served by any other carrier. According to the airline’s booking tool, seats on this route are sold ‘on behalf of Wenzhou United Airline Serviced’. Commenting on the launch of services to Pekanbaru, Mr Francis Loi, Head of Commercial for Jetstar Asia said: “The growth potential for Indonesia continues to be a priority of growth for Jetstar Asia as we continue to bring low fares for our customers in both countries. As the only low fares airline flying this route direct, our travel partners and customers have welcomed direct services to Riau, being able to take full advantage of our convenient weekday and weekend schedule and services. During the weekday, the schedule allows for travellers to arrive in Riau in the morning with much of a full day ahead for meetings. Travellers can also gain access to the rest of Sumatra, visiting the centre of Malay culture in Indonesia and historical sites such as the An-Nur Mosque and Sang Nila Utama Museum.” Commenting on the route launch to Guiyang, Jetstar Asia CEO Bara Pasupathi said: “Jetstar Asia is proud to launch direct services from Singapore to the beautiful city of Guiyang, reducing the total travel time by half to just four hours. This demonstrates our commitment to our passengers in not only making air travel more accessible but introducing new initiatives that will maximise our passengers’ holiday experience. As the railway hub of Southwest China, travellers to Guiyang will not only have direct access to one of the most beautiful but previously more remote sites in China but will be instantly connected to North, East and South China via rail at the same time.”