The Jakarta Post
Farmers harvest seaweed in Baubau, Buton, Southeast Sulawesi, on June 11, 2019. (Shutterstock/Anwar sadad)
Low-cost carrier Citilink opened four new routes connecting Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport in Makassar, South Sulawesi, to several areas in South Sulawesi and Southeast Sulawesi on Thursday.
Travelers can now fly straight from Makassar to Baubau and Pomala in Southeast Sulawesi as well as to Palopo and the island of Selayar in South Sulawesi with a twin-engine turboprop short-haul regional airliner ATR 72-600.
“The new routes are expected to improve the regional economy, smoothen logistics distribution, as well as make contributions to the other sectors, such as tourism,” Citilink CEO Juliandra said in a statement as quoted by kompas.com.
As the largest city in eastern Indonesia, Makassar serves as an important hub for passengers traveling to cities in Sulawesi, Maluku and Papua.
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An isolated island located at the most southern end of South Sulawesi, Selayar boasts white sand beaches and pristine tropical waters. It is a paradise in eastern Indonesia where travelers can see turtles laying eggs or visit the historical remains of the Selayar kingdom from the 16th century.
The town of Baubau is located on the small island of Buton, Southeast Sulawesi. With breathtaking beachfront views, Baubau offers great seafood cuisines and the quiet life of a small town.
Meanwhile, Pomala district in Kolaka regency, Southeast Sulawesi and Palopo municipality in South Sulawesi offer natural baths in pristine rivers, lakes and waterfalls, as well as hidden beaches facing the Gulf of Boni. (gis/wng)
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