The Jakarta Post
People wait for their flights in a terminal of the newly constructed Yogyakarta International Airport in Kulon Progo on July 5. (JP/Riza Roidila Mufti)
Starting Sept. 25, low-cost carrier Lion Air will operate a new route from Tarakan in North Kalimantan to the new Yogyakarta International Airport (YIA) in Kulon Progo regency, Yogyakarta.
The airline will be the first and only carrier to connect the two regions, according to a statement on Tuesday.
The two-hour-10-minute non-stop flight will be available every day, departing from YIA at 6 a.m. and landing at Tarakan's Juwata International Airport at 9:10 a.m. Meanwhile, the return service will take off at 9:50 a.m. from Tarakan and arrive in Yogyakarta at 11 a.m.
Using a Boeing 737-800NG, the new service offers 189 economy class seats.
Kulon Progo regency is home to many attractions, including Kebon Krembangan Cave, Glagah Indah Beach, mangrove forests, sunflower gardens, rafting in Kalibawang and a batik tourist village in Lendah district.
Meanwhile, Tarakan, which directly borders Malaysia's Sabah and Sarawak states, boasts mangrove forests and proboscis monkey conservation areas, Tarakan Round House Museum and Amal Baru Beach. (kes)