There was a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the start of Lion Air’s new daily service from Solo to Kuala Lumpur. The route, launched on 22 February, is already flown by AirAsia, also with daily flights.
There was a handshake for the captain of the inaugural Lion Air service between Surabaya and Kuala Lumpur, which launched on 23 February. The carrier faces three incumbent airlines, all members of the AirAsia Group.
- Lion Air has added two new connections between Indonesia and Malaysia in the last week. On 22 February the LCC began daily flights on the 1,516-kilometre route between Solo (SOC) and Kuala Lumpur (KUL). The route is already flown daily by local rival AirAsia. The following day the Indonesian carrier also started daily flights to Kuala Lumpur from Surabaya (SUB). This 1,664-kilometre sector is already served by three members of the AirAsia Group of airlines; Indonesia AirAsia X (25 weekly flights), AirAsia (daily flights) and Indonesia AirAsia (daily flights). Lion Air already serves Kuala Lumpur from Jakarta with three daily flights while its Malaysian subsidiary, Malindo Air, also serves Bandung, Denpasar and Medan with daily flights from KL. Between Indonesia and Malaysia the leading airlines by seat capacity are AirAsia (34.9%), Indonesia AirAsia (17.3%), Malaysia Airlines (15.3%), Malindo Air (10.8%), Lion Air (8.0%) and Indonesia AirAsia X (6.7%). The Indonesian flag-carrier Garuda Indonesia has just 3.9% of the market.