Adi Sumarmo Airport, Solo, promotes its city as "The City of Batik". (Photo: Ist)

Adi Sumarmo Airport, Solo, promotes its city as “The City of Batik”. (Photo: Ist)

Jakarta, ( ITN – IndonesiaTouristNews ): “As of January 16, 2018, we will close the three times a week flight serving Solo-Kuala Lumpur route. The route closure was due to commercial reasons, “Air Asia Commercial Head Berhad Spencer Lee was quoted and reported by the media over the weekend. “In principle, we decided to close the route after long deliberation. Nevertheless, we remain committed to increase the number of flights to Indonesia this year, “he said.

“Info Penerbangan” online reported yesterday that Airport Transportation Service and Operations Manager of PT Angkasa Pura (AP) I of Adi Soemarmo Airport, Solo, Purwanto, said that he already knew the information related to the Air Asia plan to close the Solo-Kuala Lumpur flight route. However, he said, there has been no official confirmation from the airlines.

“We do not know what the problem is. Whereas from the data we receive, the average passenger on the route is quite high, even about 70 percent,” he said.

Meanwhile, data from the Central Bureau of Statistics showed that the number of foreign tourists who landed directly from abroad during November 2017 at Solo airport increased by 264.8% compared to November 2016; during the period of January-November 2017 the number of tourists from abroad 6,119 people, it increased 6.31% over the same period in 2016 which numbered 5,756 people. The number of tourists from abroad in the last two years increased quite well based on statistic at Solo airport. The number of foreign tourists who landed directly at Solo airport from abroad in October 2017 recorded 611 people and November as many as 715 people, compared to November 2016 the number was 196 people.

Solo City is about 1.5 hours drive to the city of Yogyakarta or the world renown Borobudur Temple. Airports in Solo and Yogyakarta are now served by scheduled international flights to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

At Adi Sucipto airport, Yogyakarta, January-November 2017 period recorded foreign tourists who landed directly from foreign flights amounted to 129,951 people, compared with the same period in 2016 with the number of 101,181 people. That means an increase of 28.43%. In November 2017 alone 11,646 tourists landed directly from international flights, compared with the number in November 2016 that was recorded at 10,209 people.***