Traveling to exotic destinations in Lombok, Central Sulawesi, and Papua is now easier and faster as Indonesia’s low-cost carriers (LCCs) aggressively increase flights and open up new routes to cities in eastern Indonesia.
Facilitated by the opening of the new Lombok International Airport, Garuda Indonesia’s budget airline subsidiary, Citilink, has recently increased its Surabaya-Lombok flights to twice daily, offering special promotional fares from Rp.280,000 one way for booking and travel during the period between September 15-30. For information, go to www.citilink.co.id or call 0804 1 080808.
Meanwhile, Batavia Air has also made Surabaya its hub for flights to Jayapura, Merauke, Manokwari, and Sorong in Papua. The Surabaya-Jayapura flights leave at 2300 hours and arrive at 0700 hours local time. The Surabaya-Merauke flights leaves at 2300 hours and arrive at 0855 hours local time, the Surabaya-Manokwari flights leave at 2300 hours and arrive in Manokwari at 0630 hours local time, while the Surabaya-Sorong flights leave at 2300 hours and arrive in Sorong at 0700 hours Eastern Indonesia Time. For bookings and reservations, go to www.batavia-air.com , or call 021 38 999 888, or 0804 1 222 888).
Sriwijaya Air, meanwhile, has also started operating flights from Jakarta to the town of Luwu in Central Sulawesi using Boeing 737-500W aircrafts. The airline also flies Jakarta-Sorong twice daily and Jakarta-Balikpapan (East Kalimantan) three times daily. For information, go to www.sriwijayaair.co.id or call 021 292 79 777, or 0804 1 777 777.
More international routes from more Indonesian cities
Meantime on international routes, Batavia Air now flies from Jakarta and Bali to Guangzhou (China), Jakarta-Jeddah, and Jakarta-Riyadh, while Singapore is served from Jakarta, Semarang, Bandung, and Pontianak. The airline also flies Dili (Timor Leste)-Denpasar and Dili-Jakarta, as well as Pontianak (West Kalimantan)-Kuching (Malaysia).
From July onward, Garuda Indonesia now also operates four weekly flights between Singapore-Balikpapan (East Kalimantan).