Lion Air to lift profile of Sumatran airport

The newly renovated Silangit International Airport is a short drive away from Lake Toba, one of the main tourist attractions of North Sumatra.
The newly renovated Silangit International Airport is a short drive away from Lake Toba, one of the main tourist attractions of North Sumatra.ST PHOTO: WAHYUDI SOERIAATMADJA

Budget carrier to make airport near Lake Toba a transit hub for South Asian travellers

Indonesia's largest budget carrier, Lion Air, plans to make North Sumatra's Silangit airport an air hub for passengers from South Asia travelling to other Indonesian cities as well as Singapore and Malaysia.

Silangit airport - 10 to 15 minutes drive from Lake Toba, the world's largest volcanic lake - could benefit from transit travellers since traffic from India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka to Singapore, Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Bali is already strong, said Lion Air founder Rusdi Kirana.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 12, 2018, with the headline 'Lion Air to lift profile of Sumatran airport'. Print Edition | Subscribe