Indonesia will have more airlines flying from main tourist sources to more of the country's destinations, making it easier and faster for tourists to reach their destinations of choice, without having to transit in Jakarta.
SilkAir will be the next airline to fly from Singapore direct to Semarang, capital of Central Java, for easy access to the Borobudur temple as well as to the many coastal cities that are steeped in Chinese Peranakan culture, as well as the diving destination of Karimunjawa. Semarang is one of Java's chief business centers.
Starting Monday, 29 July, SilkAir will fly Singapore-Semarang three times weekly, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, using Airbus 319 and A320 aircrafts with 150 passengers capacity in Business and Economy class,announced the airline's Chief Executive, Leslie Thng.
Moreover, starting 1 August, SilkAir will also fly direct Singapore-Makassar, capital of South Sulawesi, serving the route three times weekly on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Makassar is another vibrant business city that is the hub connecting Indonesia's eastern islands with the west. Makassar itself offers exciting beaches, lots of shopping and fresh seafood, and is the gateway to the Toraja highlands. Makassar, home of the Bugis, is also known for its phinisi schooners. Today, Makassar has a large number of luxurious hotels, many with a beautiful view on the ocean.
With the addition of Semarang and Makassar, SilkAir now offers direct international flights from Singapore to 11 cities in Indonesia since 1992. The other cities are Balikpapan (East Kalimantan), Bandung (West Java), Lombok (West Nusatenggara), Medan (North Sumatra), Manado (NorthSulawesi), Palembang (South Sumatra), Pekanbaru (Riau), Solo (Central Java) and Surabaya (East Java).
Meanwhile, AirAsia Indonesia has also started flying Bali – Darwin (Australia’s Northern Territory) from 1 July 2013., The airline serves the route 4 times weekly, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, using Airbus 320 aircraft, said Bernard Francis, the airline’s Commercial Director. Besides offering direct flights from Australia to Bali, it also offers convenient connecting flights from Bali to other destinations in Indonesia including Jakarta, Bandung, Yogyakarta, Surabaya and Makassar and beyond. At present AirAsia Indonesia already operates Bali-Perth.
(Source: SilkAir Press Release, kompas.com)
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