The Jakarta Post
A Sriwijaya Air aircraft takes off at an airport. (-/Reska K. Nistanto)
Budget airline Sriwijaya Air plans to operate more routes from and to Makassar, South Sulawesi starting in late March.
The airline’s vice president of networking and revenue management, A. Yani Azwar, said in a statement that Sriwijaya Air would open a new route connecting Makassar and Yogyakarta on March 29 – the same day the airline plans to move its operations from Yogyakarta's Adi Sucipto Airport to the new Yogyakarta International Airport.
“The first flight [on the route] will depart that day [March 29] from Makassar to Yogyakarta at 8:20 p.m. Central Indonesian Time [WITA], while the next flight is from Yogyakarta to Makassar at 10:15 p.m. West Indonesian Time [WIB]. The flight will be available every day,” he said on Wednesday in the statement.
Apart from the route to Yogyakarta, the budget airline also plans to reopen a number of old routes on the same day, namely Makassar-Kendari, Makassar-Balikpapan and Makassar-Semarang.
Flights from Makassar to Kendari are to depart at 3:05 p.m. WITA, while the Kendari to Makassar flights depart at 4:55 p.m. The route is to be available every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Sriwijaya Air’s maiden flight between Makassar and Balikpapan is scheduled to depart at 3:30 p.m. local time every Wednesday. Meanwhile, the Balikpapan-Makassar flights are to depart at 6:50 p.m. every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
The Makassar-Semarang flights are to depart at 3:10 p.m. local time, while the Semarang-Makassar flights depart at 4:45 p.m. The route is to be available on Tuesdays and Sundays.
Makassar, one of the biggest cities located at the center of the Indonesian archipelago, has become a hub connecting flights to the eastern parts of the country. The city also has considerable tourism and business potential for domestic and foreign tourists and business people. (gis)
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