Garuda Indonesia has operate direct flights to Labuan Bajo’s Komodo Airport on Flores island from Soekarno-Hatta international airport six times weekly, starting from Friday 21 October 2016. This route is serves using Bombardier CRJ1000 Next Gen aircraft, that has a capacity of 96 seats (all economy class).
The plane departs from Soekarno Hatta airport (CKG) at 10.05 West Indonesia Time and arrives at Labuan Bajo (LBJ) at 13.35 East Indonesia Time (there are two hours’ time difference). While the return flight leaves Labuan Bajo at 15.00 hrs, and lands in Jakarta at 16.10 hrs, all local times. Airfare is around USD 120 one way.
Meanwhile, Garuda’s Bali –Labuan Bajo flights still continue to operate using ATR72-600 aircrafts, accommodating 70 passengers.
Garuda’s VP Benny Butarbutar added that the opening of the new route is in line with the airline’s domestic and international expansion strategy and in support of Indonesia’s national tourism marketing plan to facilitate and increase tourist arrivals to many Indonesia’s wonderful destinations. Komodo and the island of Flores are among the country’s10 priority destinations designated for accelerated eco-tourism development.
Labuan Bajo in East Nusa Tenggara province, is the main entry port to the habitat of the endangered prehistoric Komodo lizards, that are found only on these islands. The islands are surrounded by an amazing underwater wonderland, pristine beaches and the fascinating nature of the Komodo National Park.
Moreover, Flores itself offers a wide variety of attractions from trekking up mountains, wonder at the tricolor crater lakes of Mt. Kelimutu, see the unique circular spiderweb paddy fields at Ruteng, rushing waterfalls, and go back in time and experience living megalithic villages like Wae Rebo and more. Flores is also the abode of the prehistoric Homo Floresiensis, the island’s very own mystical hobbits, whose remains were discovered in the caves of Liang Bua.
Photo Credit: Northern tip of Komodo Island, Indonesia (By jon hanson from London – indonesian islands, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9104873)