The Jakarta Post
A Garuda Indonesia aircraft takes off from I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali on June 13, 2017. (Antara/Fikri Yusuf)
National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia announced Sunday it will open a direct flight from Makassar, South Sulawesi, to Palembang, South Sumatra, starting Jan. 17.
The airline's marketing and information technology director, Nina Sulistyowati, said in a press release the move was part of Garuda Indonesia's strategic plan to expand its market and develop the domestic network, especially since Makassar and Palembang serve as key economic hubs.
"Hopefully this service will also boost tourism in Indonesia, which is part of our commitment to continue to support the government's program of attracting 20 million tourists in 2019," said Nina.
The flight will be available four times a week every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday using the Bombardier CRJ 1000 aircraft, which can accommodate 96 passengers. The flight from Makassar to Palembang is scheduled to depart at 5:55 p.m. and arrive at 7:35 p.m., while the flight from Palembang to Makassar will depart at 8:15 p.m. and arrive at 11:55 p.m.
Garuda Indonesia has currently served a Medan-Makassar direct flight since December, also using the Bombardier CRJ 1000. (kes)