Wings Air, the airline under the auspices of Lion Air Group, will open a route from Ambon, Maluku to Fakfak, West Papua, starting Monday (4/6/2018).
JAKARTA (infolog): Operations Director of Wings Air Capt. Redi Irawan said the route opening is done to provide the best flight choices to travelers and business travelers via domestic flight connectivity that connects between areas.
He said to accommodate the needs of travelers and businessmen, Wings Air is ready to fly by operating the latest ATR 72-500 or ATR 72-600 turboprop fleet with 72 seats economy class.
This aircraft, according to Redi Irawan, known for its reliability, fuel-efficient, and environmentally friendly.
The flights are regularly scheduled every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The aircraft is scheduled to depart from Pattimura International Airport, Ambon, Maluku (AMQ) at 07.40 WIT and arrive at Torea Airport, Fakfak, West Papua (FKQ) at 08.50 WIT.
On the same day, the reverse route will depart from Torea at 09.10 WIT and land on Pattimura at 10.20 WIT.
“Wings Air has a commitment in connecting inter-region in Indonesia which is expected to offer convenience for customers and society when traveling and smooth flow of logistics,” said Redi through an official statement on Sunday (3/6/2018) quoted by Bisnis.com as saying.
According to him, the presence of the latest route Ambon to Fak-Fak to go home (PP) based on the high demand of travelers who expect the availability of direct flights in access to the tourism sector.
“On the other hand, the economic potential in both regions is also increasingly widening, hopefully with this new service by Wings Air can help increase investment and trade,” he said.
He said the Ambon – Fakfak flight is part of the business development strategy to eastern Indonesia as well as supporting the government’s program to bring tourists.
Redi is optimistic that Wings Air’s latest operation will provide added value to service users, among others, shorten the time because the distance is only about 110 minutes, without having to drop in first as well as affordable ticket rates.
In the early stages, service is available 3 days a week. If the market continues to grow in both destinations, it is not possible Wings Air will increase the frequency of flying that is adjusted to market demand.
According to Angkasa Pura I data, Pattimura Airport in 2017 serves 1,364,210 passenger movements, down 0.99% compared to 2016 at 1,377,911 passengers. However, the presence of new routes is projected to boost traffic growth of people and goods through air transport.
“Wings Air is very serious to continue to strengthen its domestic aviation network portfolio. In the future, Lion Air Group will further connect all major cities and secondary cities in Indonesia to the various domestic and international destinations incorporated in our network, “he explained.
Through the hubs in Ambon, residents from Fakfak can continue their flights to Jakarta-Halim Perdanakusuma, Cengkareng-Soekarno-Hatta, Surabaya, Makassar, Manado, Kendari, Dobo, Langgur, Namlea and Saumlaki.
For Ambon residents and surrounding areas, plans to explore more extensively to Papua will be realized. Arriving or after doing activities in Fakfak can continue the journey to various cities, among others Kaimana, Manokwari, and Sorong.
Wings Air has flown to 108 domestic and foreign destinations. For regional service, it has served to Kuching, Miri, and Malacca in Malaysia.
Wings Air has a frequency of over 350 flights per day with the latest 54 ATR 72-500 / 600 aircraft. (ac)