The Jakarta Post
A Garuda Indonesia aircraft is seen from the boarding gate of Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, Bali in July 2016. (Shutterstock/Sony Herdiana)
National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia is to open a new route from Manado in North Sulawesi to Davao City in the Philippines on Friday.
According to the airline’s president director Ari Askhara, this first regular service that directly connects Manado and Davao aims to provide seamless connectivity for customers.
“Hopefully this route could also help support development cooperation in economics, investment, trade and tourism between Davao as one of the business centers in the southern part of the Philippines and many regions in North Sulawesi,” he added in a statement released on Wednesday.
In terms of tourism, Davao is reported to have welcomed up to 2.3 million visitors throughout 2018. “This serves as an interesting opportunity for [Indonesian] tourism as this direct flight service may help lure tourists in Davao to continue their journey to Manado’s tourist destinations.”
The upcoming all-economy-class flight is to be available two times per week on Monday and Friday using an ATR 72-600 that can accommodate 70 passengers.
According to the schedule, flight GA 7401 is to travel from Manado’s Sam Ratulangi International Airport at 10:30 a.m. local time, while the return flight GA 7402 is to depart from Davao’s Francisco Bangoy International Airport at 1:15 p.m. (kes)
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