JAKARTA, July 22 (JDN.id) – As part of its effort to boost national tourism, flag carrier Garuda Indonesia as of today increased its flight frequency on from North Sumatra’s capital of Medan to Nias, an island located on the western coast of Sumatra.
Garuda said in a statement on Monday that it added the frequency of its Medan-Nias return flights to 12 times per weeks from nine times previously.
Nina Sulistyowati, a director for commercial domestic flight at Garuda said the increased frequency aims to cater a greater demand for air travel for the route.
“The frequency addition is part of our efforts to ease transportations for people in the two cities, who wish to do business or have vacations,” she said in the statement.
Sulistyowati added that with more flight frequency, Garuda seeks to grow tourism market into Nias, which offers some of the best surfing places in the world, ecotourism haven as well as an ancient and distinctly unique culture.
She said Garuda’s existing load factor for Medan-Nias is 75 percent and the route has proven itself as potential for additional frequency.
“We are optimistic this frequency addition can boost tourist visits to Nias, thanks to a better connectivity [to the island],” Sulistyowati said.