Jakarta. Indonesian budget airline Lion Air launched direct flights between Manado, North Sulawesi, and Denpasar, Bali, on Friday (07/09) to boost tourism, the company said.
Friday's maiden flight took off from Sam Ratulangi International Airport in Manado at 8.30 a.m. local time and arrived at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar at 9.50 a.m. The return flight departed from Denpasar at 1.15 p.m. and arrived in Manado at 3.35 p.m.
Lion Air spokesman Danang Mandala Prihantoro said North Sulawesi attracts many young travelers because the region is famous for its beautiful seas, various volcanic mountains and hills, rich culture and warm local hospitality.
"Travelers can also enjoy rich culinary flavors while shopping for locally made craft products in Manado," Danang said.
Lion Air has also been offering direct flights between Manado and several cities in China for more than a year now, attracting hundreds of thousands of Chinese tourists to the city.
The region also attracts business travelers with its abundance of natural resources and massive business potential in agriculture, fisheries, forestry, trade and more.
The airline operates a Boeing 737-900ER in 215-seat configuration, Boeing 737-800NG with 180 seats and Boeing 737 MAX 8 with 189 seats on the Manado-Denpasar route.
Flights are available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.