The Jakarta Post
An ATR 72 passenger aircraft operated by Wings Air lands at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali on March 23. (Shutterstock/File)
Wings Air, a subsidiary of Lion Air Group, officially launched a new route from Nabire regency in Papua to Sorong city in West Papua on Thursday.
The maiden flight IW-1653 departed from Nabire Airport at 1:20 p.m. local time and arrived at Domine Eduard Osok Airport in Sorong at 2:55 p.m. Meanwhile, the return flight IW-1652 flight left Sorong at 3:15 p.m. and landed in Nabire at 4:50 p.m.
The flights are operated by the carrier's new turboprop aircraft, ATR 72-500 or ATR 72-600, which can accommodate 72 economy passengers.
The new route is expected to answer the increasing air travel demand from tourists, businesspeople and the general public, according to a Wings Air statement.
Sorong is the gate to West Papua’s most popular tourist destination, Raja Ampat. Meanwhile, Nabire is home to an abundance of natural attractions, from Cendrawasih Bay National Park to Bihewa Waterfall, the tallest of its kind in Papua.
Wings Air also launched on Thursday new routes from Timika, connecting the Papuan city to Nabire, Wamena city in Papua and Langgur city in Maluku. (gis/kes)
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