Commencing Tuesday, 9 September, Garuda Indonesia has added another link to the many destinations flown by the airline in the eastern part of Indonesia. Garuda now serves Manado, capital city of North Sulawesi, – famous for its dive sites around Bunaken and the Lembeh Straits, – with Sorong, gateway to the fabulous Raya Ampat islands and dive sites in West Papua province, with Timika, gateway to the Freeport mines in Papua.
Formerly served by Merpati Nusantara Airline, the Manado-Sorong-Timika flights are now operated 3 times weekly using Bombardier C RJ-1000 NextGen aircrafts with seating capacity for 84 in economy and 12 in business class.
Garuda will soon also fly the Manado-Sorong-Jayapura route, the city furthest in the Indonesian archipelago. Jayapura is gateway to some of the most thrilling adventure treks in Indonesia.
Today, Garuda already flies to 40 destinations in East Indonesia, said VP Garuda Indonesia Region IV, Rosyinah Manaf, as reported by Bisnis Indonesia. Manado today is a very dynamic city and is growing rapidly economically, so that Garuda’s Jakarta-Manado services between these two cities have been stepped up to 3 times daily, up from the former once daily only.
From Manado, Garuda also flies twice daily to Makassar, capital of South Sulawesi, and once daily to Balikpapan, the oil city in East Kalimantan.