Indonesian carrier Batik Air is reportedly looking to start services between the competitive Perth-Denpasar route, as soon as sometime this month.
According to WA Today, the airline which comes under Lion Air, announced it received the green light by the Australian Civil Aviation Authority and “hopes to sign off routes as soon as possible”.
“Yes, the target is December 2016 or January 2017. We are just trying to manage the airline route’s administration,” Lion Air Group President Edward Sirait said, per the newspaper report.
According to the report, the airline is expected to fly to other destinations in Australia, but will start with the Perth-Denpasar route.
Batik Air currently flies to 28 domestic destination in Indonesia, as well as to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur but also expects to start services to China and India.
Lion Air, the group behind Batik Air, is also behind Malindo Air, which already has connections to Perth – operating flights to and from Kuala Lumpur.