The Jakarta Post
View of Jayapura in Papua. (Shutterstock/File)
Citilink, the low-cost subsidiary of national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, is slated to fly from Jakarta to Jayapura in Papua starting Jan. 23.
The airline's manager for Java, Bali, Nusa Tenggara, Sulawesi and Papua, Emir Bustaman, told kompas.com on Wednesday that the move was due to high demand from Papuan residents to travel outside the region.
"Previously Citilink only focused on expanding its network on Java and Sumatra. Now it's time for us to open our service to the eastern part of the country, which is a huge potential market. Garuda Indonesia's flights to Papua, for instance, are almost always full," said Emir.
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From Jakarta, Citilink will fly directly to Jayapura. The Jakarta-Jayapura route will go through Makassar in South Sulawesi.
"These Citilink schedules will be directly connected to Garuda Indonesia's schedule so that passengers can easily continue their journey to other destinations," said Emir, adding that there were possibilities that the carrier would fly to other Papuan cities like Manokwari, Merauke and Sorong.
"We'll open additional routes if the Jakarta-Jayapura flight receives good responses. We will offer affordably priced tickets as well." (kes)