Jakarta. National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia started offering on Friday (21/10) direct flight from Jakarta to Labuan Bajo, a previously small fishing village in Flores, East Nusa Tenggara, which is now a bustling tourism destination.
In a statement received by the Jakarta Globe on Saturday, Garuda said the move is part of the airline's efforts to improve the nation's connectivity as well as supporting the government's program to develop tourism prospects in the eastern part of the country.
"Direct flights from Jakarta to Labuan Bajo are expected to boost the number of both domestic and foreign tourists traveling to the area," Garuda vice president for corporate communications Benny S. Butarbutar said in the statement.
Air travelers previously had to transit in Bali before continuing their journeys to Labuan Bajo.
Direct flights between Jakarta and Labuan Bajo are available every day of the week, except Saturdays. The flights are served by 96-seater Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft. All seats are in economy class.
Garuda has served Labuan Bajo since 2013 with flights twice daily from Bali with 70-seater ATR72-600 aircraft.
The area is famous for scuba diving, snorkeling and nature trails.