The Jakarta Post
A passenger ATR 72 aircraft of Wings Air lands in Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali on March 23. (Shutterstock/File)
Wings Air, a subsidiary of the Lion Air Group, is set to launch on Nov. 28 regular services from Tarakan city in North Kalimantan to Malinau regency, also in North Kalimantan, and Berau regency in East Kalimantan.
Available once a day, the first flight is scheduled to depart from Tarakan's Juwata International Airport at 11:25 a.m. local time and arrive in Malinau's Robert Atty Bessing Airport at 12:05 p.m. Meanwhile, the return flight will take off from Malinau at 12:25 p.m. and land in Tarakan at 1:05 p.m.
The second service departs from Kalimarau Airport in Berau at 10:30 a.m. and lands in Tarakan at 11:05 a.m. Meanwhile, the return flight leaves Tarakan at 7:05 a.m. and arrives in Berau at 7:40 a.m.
"The routes were added because of the commercial potential they present and the high demand from travelers. [Hopefully], this new service will add value to travelers and businesspeople, because the travel time between destinations is quite short, only around 40 minutes," Wings Air operations director Capt. Redi Irawan said in a statement.
For the services, Wings Air will operate the ATR 72-500 or ATR 72-600 aircraft, which can accommodate 72 passengers.
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North Kalimantan directly borders Malaysia's Sabah and Serawak. Tarakan is home to natural tourist destinations as well as creative small and medium-sized industries.
Malinau also boasts beautiful landscapes, including Kayan Mentarang National Park, the Semolon and Martin Billa waterfalls, as well as Sentaban, Gita and Tanjung Lima rivers. Meanwhile, Berau is famous among divers and snorkelers because is close to the Berawan Islands.
Wings Air currently flies to 118 destinations inside and outside the country, including Kuching and Malaka in Malaysia. Supported by 63 ATR 72-500/600 aircraft, it operates more than 350 flights per day. (kes)
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