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Wings Air to launch Banjarmasin-Sampit route in April

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Sun, March 15, 2020  /  05:32 pm
Wings Air to launch Banjarmasin-Sampit route in April

A Wings Air ATR 72 passenger aircraft lands at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali. (Shutterstock/File)

Starting April 3, Lion Air Group's subsidiary Wings Air is to launch a new domestic route connecting Banjarmasin in South Kalimantan with Sampit in Central Kalimantan.

Said to be the only airline to fly between the two cities, the service will be available once a day.

According to a statement received by The Jakarta Post, Wings Air flight IW-1470 is scheduled to depart from Syamsudin Noor International Airport in Banjarbaru, around 25 kilometers away from Banjarmasin, at 4 p.m. local time, and arrive in H. Asan Airport in Sampit at 3:40 p.m. Meanwhile the return flight IW-1471 will fly from Sampit at 4 p.m., and land in Banjarmasin at 5:40 p.m.

The new service will utilize ATR 72-500 and 72-600 aircraft that can accommodate up to 72 economy class passengers.

Known as the city of a thousand rivers, Banjarmasin is indeed surrounded by rivers, namely the Barito, Kuin and Martapura. Among its many tourist attractions is Lok Baintan floating market, which has been around since the 18th century. Sampit is also a charming city that boasts a new destination named Jelawat Park as well as a signature dish called dami, which is made from the skin of cempedak (a fruit similar to jackfruit).

Prior to introducing the Banjarmasin-Sampit route, Wings Air recently announced that it would connect another two Kalimantan cities, Pontianak and Palangkaraya, also starting April 3. (kes)

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