The Jakarta Post
The view of Lake Laut Tawar in Takengon, Aceh Tengah regency. (Shutterstock/-)
Wings Air, a subsidiary of the country's largest private carrier, the Lion Group, has officially launched a new route from North Sumatra to Aceh following the reopening of the latter’s newly renovated Rembele Airport in Bener Meriah regency by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo in March.
Using an ATR 72-600 aircraft that can accommodate 72 passengers, the carrier undertook a maiden flight on Friday from Kualanamu International Airport in Deli Serdang regency in North Sumatra at 8 a.m. local time and arrived at Rembele Airport at 9 a.m. The fare for the route is about Rp 400,000 (US$30) one way.
Many tourists visit Takengon, the capital of Aceh Tengah regency, which is home to the picturesque Lake Laut Tawar, said Lion Air Group president director Edward Sirait. “Hopefully this new access can improve the economy and increase tourism in Takengon,” said Edward as reported by kompas.com.
A daily flight is scheduled to depart from Rembele at 9:20 a.m. and arrive in Kualanamu at 10:20 a.m. (tif/kes)