Sky Aviation launched its Tanjung Pinang (Bintan Island, Indonesia) to Melaka (Malacca in Malaysia) flights last Friday, 29 March, witnessed by Riau Islands Governor Muhammad Sani , Melaka Chief Minister, Ali Rustam, and the Airline’s Senior Adviser, former Air Force Chief of Staff, Chappy Hakim, reports Bisnis Indonesia.
Sky Aviation will fly the route regularly twice a week on Wednesdays and Sundays using Fokker 50 aircraft. The flight takes about one hour.
This is the first time that the two cities which are historically and culturally linked are directly connected by air. Tanjung Pinang on the island of Bintan, now capital of the Riau Islands province in Indonesai, was once the co-seat of the Johore-Riau Sultanate, ruled by descendents from the Sultan of Melaka.
Sky Aviation banks on three main market segments. First, through this new intra-ASEAN connection, it hopes that passengers from Malacca as well as international tourists to Malacca can now easily continue their flight to Tanjung Pinang in Indonesia. Second are residents of Riau who wish to take medical treatment in Malaysia, which is closer than traveling to Jakarta. Another market segment potential are students wishing to continue their studies in Malacca.
(Source: Bisnis Indonesia)
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