The Jakarta Post
Folk dancers show off their moves on the coastline of Merah Beach in Banyuwangi regency, East Java, on May 24, 2015. MY Bramuda, acting head of the Bayuwangi Cultural and Tourism Office, stated that the regency had seen more than 3 million local tourists and 72,000 foreign tourists in 2016. (Shutterstock.com/Yavuz Sariyildiz)
National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia’s low-cost subsidiary, Citilink, is slated to open a Kuala Lumpur-Banyuwangi direct round-trip route on Dec. 19.
Kompas.com reported that the approximately three-hour flights would be served by Airbus A-320 with a capacity of 180 passengers.
Banyuwangi Transportation Agency secretary Ali Ruchi told kompas.comthat the route’s tickets could be purchased online via the carrier’s official website, citilink.co.id, or directly at Citilink counters. Purchasing through other platforms is possible as well, he added.
This route targets Malaysian tourists seeking to enjoy the East Java city’s natural attractions, especially the Ijen Crater, according to Banyuwangi Culture and Tourism Office head Bramuda.
“Because Malaysia has no volcanoes,” he explained.
Religious Indian Tamil groups, which account for 10 percent of Malaysia's total population, are also this route’s specific targets. Agung Blambangan Temple in Muncar and Agung Kawitan Temple in Alas Purwo National Park in the city are very popular among Hindus, Bramuda said.
According to its schedule, the Banyuwangi-Kuala Lumpur flight will depart from Banyuwangi at 8:20 a.m. and arrive in Kuala Lumpur at 12:10 p.m. The opposite flight will depart from the Malaysian capital at 1:20 p.m. and arrive at 3:10 p.m. (iru/mut)