The Jakarta Post
A beautiful coral reef drops into the deep sea near a resort off the southern coast of Sulawesi. (Shutterstock/File)
National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia officially became the first and only carrier to operate direct flights from Ambon, Maluku, to Baubau, Southeast Sulawesi, following the service's maiden flight on Wednesday.
The service is available twice a week on Wednesday and Sunday using an ATR 72-600 aircraft that can accommodate 70 passengers.
The GA 7648 flight departs from Ambon at 11:55 a.m. local time and arrives in Baubu at 12:45 p.m. Meanwhile, the GA 7649 flight will fly from Baubau at 1:15 p.m. and land in Ambon at 4 p.m.
According to a statement, the new route aims to offer a new option for travelers going to Southeast Sulawesi, especially Wakatobi, which was listed among the country's 10 priority tourism destinations.
Following the launch of the route, Garuda Indonesia currently serves flights to Baubau from three cities, namely Makassar (14 times per week), Kendari (every day) and Ambon. It also operates 48 flights to and from Ambon every week, including the Ambon-Makassar route (every day); Ambon-Jakarta (every day); Ambon-Saumlaki (every day); Ambon-Langgur (every day); Ambon-Kaimana (six times per week); Ambon-Sorong (every day); and Ambon-Surabaya (every day).
The carrier also increased on Sunday the frequency of three routes, namely Nabire-Jayapura, Nabire-Biak and Nabire-Timika, from six times per week to every day. (kes)