PT PELITA Air Service (PAS) is ready to face the Lebaran homecoming season this year. The subsidiary of PT Pertamina plans to add new flight routes and fleets.

According to Pelita Air Service President Director Dendy Kurniawan, said the company is targeting to reach six major cities in Sumatra and Kalimantan, at least in the first semester of 2023. The routes that will open soon to welcome the Lebaran homecoming flow are several cities in Sumatra and Kalimantan, such as Padang, Palembang, Pekanbaru, Medan, Pontianak, Banjarmasin.

“Meanwhile, Pelita Air Service officially made the first flight for its fourth route, namely Jakarta-Balikpapan. Previously the airline had opened the Jakarta-Bali, Jakarta-Yogyakarta, and Jakarta-Surabaya routes,” he said.

In addition, continued Dendy, Pelita Air will operate 10 fleets before Lebaran. The company is waiting for the arrival of its fifth fleet this week and will continue with the 6th to 10th scheduled aircraft.

“There is hope from the Ministry of Transportation that we can support the capacity of the Lebaran homecoming flow. We have scheduled the arrival of this aircraft from last year actually, we are trying to get the 10 to arrive before Eid,” Dendy remarked.

He said Pelita Air Service will continue to add up to 18 fleets this year. Meanwhile, new flight routes will also be announced soon in the second semester of 2023. Later in the second semester there will be many more cities that I cannot mention yet.

Dendy is also committed to providing the best flight services at affordable ticket prices. Even so, he emphasized that the company still has to gain profits by not selling tickets that are too cheap.

“I use this definition because you can’t end up selling cheaply below the cost of production, if you don’t make a loss later, if you lose and go bankrupt, it’s hard for all of us, there is no national capacity,” he explained.

The reason is, according to Dendy, the public will also ultimately not mind high ticket prices as long as the services provided by the airline remain premium and satisfying. One of our strengths that has received recognition from the public, our flights are on time. [sources/photo special]