In a surprise result, Citilink defeated larger competitors – Air Asia Indonesia, Batavia Air and Sriwijaya Air – to win the Indonesian Travel and Tourism Awards prize for Leading Low-Cost Airline 2011/2012.
Citilink management was unavailable for comment about their success, but their good-looking single female flight attendants were probably quite excited:
What is so good about Citilink?
Citilink is a budget airline operated by Indonesia’s national carrier, Garuda Indonesia. It is a similar set-up to Qantas and Jetstar; Garuda is a full-service airline for those who wish to travel in comfort, while Citilink is a no-frills airline for the budget-conscious.
Citilink shares a lot of the good stuff from its big brother:
Being a budget airline, it is often significantly cheaper than Garuda, especially when booking a longer time in advance. Yet passengers still have a free 20kg checked baggage allowance, and no hidden/extra fees for seat-selection, fuel surcharge, etc. Food and drinks are available for sale on board; unlike Air Asia you do not need to pre-order it.
To compare Citilink with other Indonesian domestic airlines in more detail, please see here.
Citilink used to operate all its flights out of Surabaya, but later started several flights from Jakarta. Here is a current route map:
The future for Citilink
The future certainly seems more promising than for last year’s winner: the now-defunct Mandala Air.
How to fly with Citilink?
It is easy. Just fill in this enquiry form and select Citilink as your preferred airline.
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