The Jakarta Post
Batik Air, a member of Lion Air Group, has opened a route from the Soekarnoa-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, just outside Jakarta, to Syukuran Aminuddin Amir Airport in Luwuk, an emerging tourist destination in South Sulawesi.
Batik Air is the first airline to operate a direct flight from Jakarta to Luwuk, with an estimated travel time of three hours. Several airlines offer flights to the small town with transits at Sultan Hasanuddin Airport in the provincial capital of Makassar.
According to the company’s press statement, the Airbus 320-200CEO takes off at 2:02 a.m. from the Soekarno-Hatta Airport and lands at 06:05 local time in Luwuk. Meanwhile, from Luwuk, the plane takes off at 5 p.m. and lands at the Soekarno-Hatta Airport at 7 p.m.
The maiden flight ceremony was held at Terminal 2E of Soekarno-Hatta Airport, attended by, among others, South Sulawesi Governor H. Longki Djanggola, Banggai Regent Herwin Yatim, Bati Air CEO Capt. Achmad Luthfie and head of Banggai Tourism Board (BTB) Dino Gobel.
“Batik Air is proud to introduce the new domestic route. [...] It is the first airline to serve direct flights from Soekarno-Hatta Airport to Luwuk,” said Achmad Luthfie in the press statement received on Monday.
At the same occasion, the airline also introduced its Luwuk-Makassar route, using the same plane. On this route, the plane takes off from Luwuk airport at 6.45 a.m. local time and arrives in Makassar at 8 a.m., while from Makassar airport, the plane takes off at 3 p.m. and arrives in Luwuk at 4:15 local time. (bbn)