Batik Air, a subsidiary of low-cost carrier Lion Air, has begun flight operations on a new route connecting the holiday destinations of Bali and Labuan Bajo in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT). According to a statement from the airline, the route was opened based on the success of previously introduced services from Labuan Bajo to Jakarta and to Surabaya, East Java.
During the inaugural flight on Friday, the carrier departed with 142 passengers from I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali at 11:35 a.m. and landed at Komodo Airport in NTT at 12:35 p.m.
The service utilizes Airbus A320-200CEO aircraft fitted with 12 business class and 144 economy class seats and offers passengers touchscreen inflight entertainment, a cozy seat pitch, meals, and large baggage compartments.
Located in the eastern part of Indonesia, Labuan Bajo serves as the entry point to the Komodo National Park, the only place in the world where people can see the endangered Komodo dragon in its natural habitat. In May, US coffee giant Starbucks opened its first store in the region.
Batik Air currently serves more than 45 domestic and international destinations, including Singapore, Chennai in India, Perth in Australia as well as Guilin and Kunming in China.