Jakarta. National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia will begin operating direct flights between Makassar, South Sulawesi, and Palembang, South Sumatra, the airline said in a statement on Sunday (14/01).
The Makassar-Palembang flight will kick off this Wednesday with the stated intention of strengthening domestic routes and improving connectivity between the country's western and eastern regions.
Nina Sulistyowati, director of marketing and information technology at the airline, said the new service is expected to cut down air travel time between the two cities by foregoing a transit in Jakarta.
"The route opening is expected to help improve tourism development in Indonesia," she said.
The flight will be operated on Bombardier CRJ 1000 aircraft with a capacity of 96 seats. Garuda will fly the Makassar-Palembang route four times a week every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
Wednesday's maiden flight will depart Makassar at 5.55 p.m. and arrive in Palembang at 7.35 p.m. The return flight will leave Palembang at 8.15 p.m. and arrive in Makassar at 11.55 p.m. local time.
Garuda also opened direct flights between Medan, North Sumatra and Makassar in December last year.