While traveling to Bali at the beginning of November 2017 using Citilink, I was surprised by the number of international travelers on the same plane. My surprise was even greater while waiting for my return plane at the Ngurah Rai Airport. It seems that many international travelers prefer to take low cost airlines while traveling domestically. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised by this since we can save a lot of money by taking low cost airlines. The things we missed, such as entertainment system or airline meal, are not important for flights that are only a couple of hours long. However, finding a good low cost airlines in Indonesia can be tricky. Therefore, here is my review of the best low cost airlines in Indonesia.
One of the most popular low cost airlines in Indonesia is AirAsia. This airline not only serve domestically, it also offers international flights that are very affordable. The basic fare is very cheap, yet you need to pay more in order to pick seats, receive meal, or even luggage in international flights. The cabin is a bit tight, but quite okay for short flights. The flight frequency between popular destinations are plentiful and the flights themselves are usually on time. Because of these reasons, AirAsia is named the Best Low Cost Airlines in the World by SkyTrax for many years in a row.
A second option that you can try is Citilink. The low cost subsidiary of Garuda is not as comfortable as its big sister, but it is still okay for short flights. It is a bit more expensive than AirAsia, yet it provides more domestic destinations than AirAsia. The quality of service is good and the flights themselves are usually on time. I recommend you use Citilink if your destination is not reachable by AirAsia.
Lion Air usually offers the cheapest fare compared to other airlines. Furthermore, with its subsidiary Wings Air, it also provides the most destinations. However, there are many reports of bad quality service with this airlines. Also, massive delays and even cancellation are not uncommon with Lion Air. Thus, I only recommend taking Lion Air when you don’t have any other choice.
A medium airline is an airline that is not as cheap as the low-cost airlines, but provides extra service, such as snacks or even entertainment system. Sriwijaya Airlines and its subsidiary Nam Airlines are well known medium service airlines in Indonesia. Its safety record and service is very good. Furthermore, flight delay is quite uncommon with Sriwijaya Airlines.
Batik Air is a full service airline subsidiary of Lion Air. The comfort level of the airplane rivals Garuda, with airline meal, wider pitch pitch seats, and even entertainment system. Due to the bad reputation of its parent company, however, Batik Air also suffers a bit in service and flight timeliness. Because of this, Batik Air usually offers discounted fares to several destinations.
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