Indonesia’s national flag-carrier Garuda Indonesia Airlines, present again at this year’s ITB Asia, has announced the launch of a new route direct from Singapore to Tanjung Pandan on Belitung Island in the Bangka-Belitung province.
The Singapore-Tanjung Pandan direct flight will operate four times weekly using Bombardier CRJ–1000 aircraft, with 96 seats capacity in economy.
Garuda Indonesia CEO, Pikri Ilham Kurniansyah said that the new route is in line with Garuda’s commitment to support Indonesia’s tourism growth, in particular, to boost the 10 priority tourist destinations that are being developed beyond Bali, among which is Tanjung Kelayang on Belitung island. Kurniansyah said: “The direct flight is part of the company’s strategy to expand Garuda Indonesia’s international network, at the same time strengthen connectivity in the Southeast Asian region.
“Singapore is one of the busiest international hubs in the world and closest to Indonesia. With the addition of a direct flight which will take an hour from Singapore, Belitung is sure to surge as a perfect short vacation destination.”
Kurniansyah added: “We believe that with the addition of this flight route Garuda will also contribute to the growth of trade and business in Belitung and nearby areas, considering that Tanjung Pandan has already been designated a Special Economic Zone.”