There were celebrations at Singapore Airport on 9 February to mark the launch of Indonesia AirAsia services from Medan and Padang. Logan Velaitham, AirAsia Singapore CEO, Rifai Taberi, Indonesia AirAsia Commercial Director and Sulaiman Sidek, Singapore Country Manager, Ministry of Tourism, Republic of Indonesia, were joined by traditional Indonesian dancers to mark the occasion. Daily flights will be operated on both airport pairs.
- Indonesia AirAsia added two new Singapore (SIN) services from Medan (KNO) and Padang (PDG) on 9 February. The 621-kilometre Medan link and the 472-kilometre Padang connection will both be served with daily flights operated by A320s. The LCC faces incumbent competition on the Medan-Singapore airport pair which is already served by SilkAir with double-daily flights, Jetstar Asia, which has 12 weekly frequencies, and Garuda Indonesia which operates daily flights. However there is no direct competition on the Padang route. AirAsia Singapore CEO Logan Velaitham said: “The inaugural flights to Padang and Medan emphasise our commitment to expand Singapore’s network as one of AirAsia’s hubs by linking up to new cities in Indonesia. In 2017, AirAsia Group carried a total of 4.3 million passengers to and from Singapore, an increase of 1.8% from the previous year.”