Siborong-Borong, 29 October 2018 – AirAsia’s inaugural flight from Kuala Lumpur to Silangit – Lake Toba touched down at Silangit International Airport yesterday, marking the airline’s footprint to a new destination in Asean.
AirAsia flight AK411, operated by an Airbus A320, departed Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 at 10:40am yesterday and landed in Silangit International Airport at 11:00am (local time). Silangit Airport is the main gateway to the magnificent Lake Toba, the largest volcanic lake in Asean and one of the most beautiful lakes in the world.
A welcoming event was held at Silangit International Airport to celebrate the momentous occasion. Present at the event were esteemed guests, including Secretary to Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs, Agus Purwoto; Special Staff to Minister of Tourism for Tourism Infrastructure, Judi Rifajantoro; Head of Commercial Scheduled Flight Unit Ministry of Transportation, Tri Danarsih; Regent of North Tapanuli, Nikson Nababan; Regent of Toba Samosir, Edward D. Siagian; CEO of Lake Toba Authority; Executive General Manager Commercial Services Division Angkasa Pura II, Dorma Manalu; Executive General Manager Silangit International Airport, M. Hendra Irawan; AirAsia Malaysia CEO Riad Asmat and AirAsia Indonesia Group CEO Dendy Kurniawan.
AirAsia Malaysia CEO Riad Asmat said, “As a truly Asean airline, we are proud to bring the world closer to Lake Toba, which is one of the hidden gems in Asean. Our Fly-Thru services allow guests from 20 cities to travel seamlessly to Silangit with a stopover in Kuala Lumpur. We look forward to working closely with all parties, especially the government of Indonesia in developing Lake Toba as one of the 10 priority tourism destinations.”
With AirAsia’s Fly-Thru service, guests from 20 cities namely Kota Kinabalu, Johor Bahru, Kuching Guangzhou, Chongqing, Changsha, Chengdu, Hangzhou, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Xi’ An, Taipei, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Melbourne, Sydney, and Singapore can now travel to Silangit – Lake Toba seamlessly via Kuala Lumpur. Fly-Thru guests can connect their flights with their baggage checked-through to the final destination without the hassle of immigration clearance at the transit hub.