The Jakarta Post
Wings Air Indonesia ATR 72-600 PK-WHQ taxies at Supadio International Airport, Pontianak, West Kalimantan. (Shutterstock/Alexiushan)
Explorers of East Indonesia, rejoice! Low-cost airline Wings Air announced on Wednesday that it would open a direct route from Nabire to Manokwari, Papua, effective Dec. 29.
The route will be served by ATR72-500 and ATR72-600 turboprop aircrafts, with a capacity of 72 economy class seats.
Wings Air corporate communications strategist Danang Mandala Prihantoro, said in a statement that passengers would be able to enjoy the comfort of a 2-2 seat configuration in the aircraft.
“[Passengers] can also feast their eyes on no ordinary view outside, as the aircrafts have the ability to fly at low altitude,” said Danang.
The new flights connecting Nabire and Manokwari will be available once daily on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, departing from Nabire’s Douw Aturure airport (NBX) at 12:50 p.m. and arriving at Manokwari’s Rendani airport (MKW) at 2 p.m. The returning flight departs at 2:20 p.m. from Manokwari and arrives at 3:30 p.m. in Nabire.
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Nabire, a regency in the easternmost part of Papua along Cendrawasih bay, has numerous natural attractions, including the waters of Kwatisore where whale sharks can be found. Furthermore, Manokwari in West Papua is often called the pearl of the island, with a mountainous area for hikers to explore.
Danang said that if there was a positive response for the new route from the market, Wings Air would likely add flights to the Nabire – Manokwari connection. (mut)
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