Batik Air has opened a new route connecting Bali with Labuan Bajo on the island of Flores in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT). Labuan Bajo adds to the airline’s existing routes from Bali to Jakarta and to Surabaya, offering travellers in Indonesia more choice and better value for their travels.
The route is served by Airbus A320-200 CEO aircraft, offering 12 business class and 144 economy class seats, along with touchscreen inflight entertainment, meals and large baggage compartments. The inaugural flight set off on from I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali at 11:35 am on Friday 13th September, carrying a total of 142 passengers. It arrived in Komodo Airport in NTT at 12:35 pm.
Labuan Bajo is a destination that’s growing in popularity, as it is the main entry point to Komodo National Park, home to Indonesia’s famous Komodo Dragons. Bali remains the nation’s most popular tourism destination, attracting nearly six million visitors each year. The added flight schedule from Batik Air reflects the Indonesian government’s intention to spread international arrivals to other interesting sites around the archipelago.
Batik Air is a subsidiary of Indonesia’s low-cost airline Lion Air. It currently connects Indonesia with more than 45 domestic and international destinations, including Singapore, Chennai and Perth, along with Guilin and Kunming in China.