Garuda VP Domestic Region 2, Nicodemus P. Lampe, stated that with these direct flights, linking two of Indonesia’s economically important growth cities, businessmen and touristsfrom Batam may now fly direct to Bandung without having to fly to Jakarta first, before driving three hours to Bandung.
On the other hand, Bandung residents may now fly directly to Batam without having to drive to Jakarta first to catch the flight. From Batam, passengers may then easily take the ferry to Singapore and Johore, Malaysia.
On the same day, Garuda also launched its Batam – Surabaya, East Java, and Surabaya- Manado (North Sulawesi) direct flight routes.
The new routes are Garuda’s commitment to boost inter-island connectivity throughout this vast archipelago, so that through tighter domestic networks the airline helps boost regional economies, business and tourism.
Meanwhile the LCC Malindo Air also launched its flights from Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur airport to Bandung, capital of West Java on 19 December.
Chandran Rama Murthy of Malindo Air said that demand from Malaysia to visit Bandung has risen significantly as Bandung has become a preferred holiday destination for Malaysians, commented Murthy.