AirAsia has officiated its newest hub on the island of Lombok in Indonesia’s West Nusa Tenggara province.
At the officiating ceremony, AirAsia unveiled livery featuring Lombok’s tourism icons, such as Mount Rinjani and the underwater charm of the Gili islands, located to the north-west of Lombok.
The Airbus A320 aircraft with registration code PK-AXU will operate flights from Lombok’s Zainuddin Abdul Madjid International Airport to Perth, beginning June 9, 2019, as well as connect domestic destinations such as Jakarta, Yogyakarta and Bali in the near future.
AirAsia will also launch a number of sustainability initiatives following relief efforts by its philanthropic arm, AirAsia Foundation, which has worked with Yayasan Arkom Indonesia to build temporary shelters and residential areas on the island following a series of earthquakes in 2018.
Lombok is AirAsia’s fifth hub in Indonesia after Jakarta, Surabaya, Medan and Bali. Since commencing flights from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Lombok in 2012, AirAsia has carried more than one million international visitors to the island.