KUCHING – Kuching International Airport (KIA) will offer connectivity to Jakarta through Kal Star Aviation, which made their maiden flight to KIA on 23 May 2011.


Effective 23 May, Kal Star commenced scheduled daily flight for the Jakarta – Pontianak – Kuching vice versa route, utilizing their newly furnished Boeing 737-300 with the capacity to carry 148 passengers.


The inclusion of Kal Star takes the total number of airlines operating at KIA to nine. Other airlines operating to KIA are Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia, Firefly, MasWings, Batavia Air, Royal Brunei Airlines, Tiger Airways and Silk Air.


Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad, Managing Director of Malaysia Airports said: “Malaysia Airports welcomes Kal Star’s operations to KIA and wishes them all the best for this service. We are delighted with this service as it offers connection to Jakarta, with stopover at Pontianak, which will benefit passengers from Sarawak in terms of choices.”


Tan Sri Bashir added, “Malaysia Airports is actively collaborating with the Government to ensure that we maximise the effectiveness of our marketing investment to attract new airlines and establish new routes.”


This service is a welcomed addition to Kal Star’s route expansion and the airline is looking forward to a continuous growth with this operation. Kuching has been a much-anticipated destination for the airline and Kal Star is very confident it will be a fruitful service. It will also bring Indonesia-Malaysia ties much closer.


After obtaining scheduled flight certificate from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, Department of Transportation Indonesia in November 2007 Kal Star Aviation has flight license for 95 domestic routes and 25 regional routes. Since then, Kal Star Aviation officially became a scheduled airline operating ATR 42-300 aircraft.


Kal Star flies to various cities in Kalimantan such as Pontianak, Ketapang, Balikpapan, Sampit, Pangkalan Bun, Tarakan, Nunukan and some other small cities using ATR 42-300 with capacity to carry 50 passengers. Kal Star’s hub in West Kalimantan is Pontianak while Berau is their East Kalimantan’s base.