Garuda of­fers char­ter flight to Maratua

The Jakarta Post - - ARCHIPELAGO -

BALIKPAPAN: Na­tional flag car­rier Garuda In­done­sia is set to op­er­ate a char­ter flight con­nect­ing Balikpapan and the re­sort is­land of Maratua in East Kal­i­man­tan.

Served us­ing a ATR 72 twin-en­gine tur­bo­prop, the in­au­gu­ral flight has been sched­uled for Sept. 30 and set to fly some 40 tourists from the Nether­lands, France, United King­dom and Ger­many.

“We are also of­fer­ing the re­main­ing 22 seats to reg­u­lar trav­el­ers,” said the sales and mar­ket­ing man­ager of Garuda In­done­sia’s Balikpapan of­fice, Fir­man Nazar, on Fri­day. The price tag for the 70-minute flight is around Rp 850,000 (US$64) per pas­sen­ger.

Maratua is part of the Der­awan Is­lands off the coast of East Kal­i­man­tan renowned for its crys­tal blue wa­ters and abun­dant sea life, which is pop­u­lar with divers. It is also one of the coun­try’s outer is­lands.

Since it was in­au­gu­rated in 2016, Maratua Air­port only has one reg­u­lar flight, which is a Susi Air weekly flight to Kal­i­ma­rau Air­port in Tan­jung Redeb, Berau re­gency. Berau Tourism Agency head Map­pasikra Map­pase­lenng said more than 3,000 ar­rivals had been recorded in Maratua this year, mostly com­pris­ing for­eign tourists.

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