The Jakarta Post
The Great Mosque of An Nur in Pekanbaru, Riau. (Shutterstock/antoshkaphoto)
National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia is set to open a new route from Pekanbaru, Riau, to Medan, North Sumatra, on Jan. 12.
"This move is one of our efforts to boost tourist arrivals and increase business and economic potential from the two most congested flight connections in Sumatra," said Garuda Indonesia marketing communication for Pekanbaru, Eko Baseptriadi, in Pekanbaru on Monday as quoted by tempo.co.
He added that the new service was also part of the carrier's commitment to support the government's program to increase connectivity between islands and cities, as well as support national tourism.
Scheduled on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, the flight will depart from Pekanbaru's Sultan Syarif Kasim II Airport at 8 p.m. and arrive at Medan's Kualanamu International Airport at 9:10 p.m. Meanwhile, the return flight is set to take off from Medan at 6:15 p.m. and land in Pekanbaru at 7:20 p.m.
Garuda Indonesia's recently opened route from Pekanbaru to Batam, Riau Islands is quite successful as the occupancy rate is said to reach 84 percent. (kes)
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