Indonesia’s Lion Air eager to commence operations in Pakistan

PT Lion Mentari Airlines, operating as Lion Air, is an Indonesian low-cost airline.

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Ambassador of Indonesia Iwan S. Amri

The Indonesian low-cost carrier, Lion Air, is eager to start off operations in Pakistan, stated the Indonesian Ambassador Iwan S. Amri.

While explaining the likelihood of flight operations between the two countries, Amri said Lion Air of Indonesia desired to start flights from Pakistan, and talks with the aviation officials were already underway.

“Lion Air wants to begin from three cities; Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad. The plan is still on the table. Let us hope that talks between the Lion Air officials and Pakistani aviation officials make some initial headway,” he said.

PT Lion Mentari Airlines, operating as Lion Air, is an Indonesian low-cost airline. Based in the capital Jakarta, Lion Air is the country’s largest privately-run airline. It is the largest airline in Indonesia, and after AirAsia, it is the largest low-cost airline in Southeast Asia.

Lion Air Boeing 737-800

With Batik Air and Wings Air, The Lion Group is the country’s largest airline group. The airline operates domestically in addition to international routes, which connects different cities of Indonesia to the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Australia, India, Japan, Singapore, and Saudi Arabia as well as charter routes to Hong Kong, Macau, Mainland China, and South Korea.

Meanwhile, to a question regarding the ban on Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flights to Indonesia, the envoy remarked that they did not have any aviation contract with the airline. Therefore, the ban was not applicable.

Amri also stressed that Pakistan and Indonesia should work together for the sustainable trade relations between them.

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