The Jakarta Post
Passengers embark a Batik Air's Airbus A320 at Halim Perdanakusuma Airport in East Jakarta on Oct. 8, 2017. (The Jakarta Post/Bagus BT. Saragih)
Batik Air, a subsidiary of low-cost carrier Lion Air, is set to launch a new direct route that will connect Jakarta and Timika, Papua.
Scheduled to begin on Oct. 28, the daily flight will operate with a new Airbus A320-200, which has the capacity of 12 business class and 144 economy class seats. Each seat will be equipped with in-flight entertainment.
The maiden ID-6186 flight will depart from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, at 12:05 a.m. local time and arrive at Mozes Kilangin International Airport in Timika, Papua, at 7:15 a.m.
The return ID-6187 flight will fly from Timika at 7:55 a.m. and land in Soekarno-Hatta at 10:50 a.m. Timika is two-hours ahead of Jakarta.
“We hope the new Jakarta-Timika route will be able to support the government’s program to achieve the target of attracting foreign and local tourists,” said CEO of Batik Air Achmad Luthfie in an official statement.
Previously, Batik Air has launched other flights to Papua, namely to Sorong and Manokwari in West Papua as well as Jayapura and Merauke (via Makassar in South Sulawesi) in Papua.
On Oct. 28, the airline will also open a new route from Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport in Makassar, South Sulawesi, to Timika. The flight will operate once daily. (wir/wng)