Low-cost carrier Indonesia AirAsia (IAA) saw a 16.4 percent passenger growth in the first quarter of 2012 to 1,273,353, up from 1,093,643 in the same period last year, an executive said.
“We are optimistic that we will reach the target of carrying six million passengers this year,” spokeswoman Audrey Progastama told The Jakarta Post over the weekend.
Throughout last year, the airline carried almost five million passengers, a 27 percent increase from 3.9 million in 2010.
In addition, IAA will take a delivery of five new Airbus A320s in 2012, increasing its fleet to 21 aircraft.
She said that the subsidiary of AirAsia group recently opened routes linking Bandung with Surabaya, Pekanbaru and Penang, as well as Denpasar with Surabaya and Yogyakarta, to strengthen its domestic market.
“Our focus this year will be the domestic market because the demand is very high,” she said.
The second delivery of the A320 this year will take place at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport on May 17, she added.