The Jakarta Post
Garuda Indonesia aircraft (Shutterstock.com/e X p o s e)
National flagship carrier Garuda Indonesia officially launched a new route from Halim Perdanakusuma Airport in Jakarta to Tasikmalaya, West Java, on Saturday.
The flight will land in Tasikmalaya’s Wiriadinata airport.
According to a statement received by The Jakarta Post, the carrier will serve the route three times a week, namely on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, using an ATR 72-600, which seats up to 70 passengers.
Garuda Indonesia president director Ari Askhara said the move was a response to the President’s wish to support air connectivity to and from Tasikmalaya.
This new route also connects flights from Palembang, South Sumatra, to Tasikmalaya via Halim Perdanakusuma, which would be provided by Garuda three times a week. Furthermore, Garuda offers services to other cities from Halim Perdanakusuma.
Askhara said Garuda hoped to contribute to the economic growth in a new business hub such as Tasikmalaya.
“The opening of this route is part of our commitment to supporting tourism and the economy of Tasikmalaya, which is known as a prominent city for santri [Islamic boarding school students],” he said.
The new route will depart from Halim Perdanakusuma at 11:50 a.m. and arrive in Tasikmalaya at 12:50 p.m.
Meanwhile, the flight from Tasikmalaya departs at 2 p.m. and arrives in Halim at 3 p.m. (mut)
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