West Manggarai, East Nusa Tenggara. National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has donated four outboard boat engines to fishermen in Rinca Islands and Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara, as part of its corporate social responsibility program.
Garuda Indonesia chief executive M. Arif Wibowo and State-Owned Enterprises (BUMN) Minister Rini Soemarno attended the ministry's anniversary celebration in Labuan Bajo on Saturday (29/10) during which Garuda donated the engines to help local fishermen.
Labuan Bajo is a former fishing village which has since become a bustling tourist destination thanks to its proximity to the Komodo National Park.
"This donation shows our support for the fishermen. We want them to be the backbone of economic growth and tourism in Labuan Bajo," Arif said in a statement.
Arif said Garuda Indonesia shares the responsibility to improve living standards in the region, especially after it introduced direct flights from Jakarta to Labuan Bajo.
The direct Jakarta-Labuan Bajo flights are available every day of the week, except on Saturday. Garuda Indonesia uses a 96-seater Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGen plane to serve the route.
Travelers previously had to make a transit in Bali before continuing on to Labuan Bajo.