Longing to surf the famous barrelling waves of Sorake Bay? Curious to see the astonishing bare feet boulder jumpers? Or can’t wait to venture into the rarely explored interior of Nias Island? Now you can reach this exceptional island a lot easier. Starting 15th November 2018 National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia officially opened their Daily Direct Flights from the capital city of Jakarta to the town of Gunung Sitoli on Nias Island.
This direct flight will allow travelers to visit the regency’s capital Gunung Sitoli, access Nias’ world-famous surfing spots and lompat batu (stone jumping) tourist attraction. Using the CRJ Bombardier 1000 Next-Gen that can accommodate 96 passengers, the route will operate three times a week, on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Marking the launch of the new route, a cooperation agreement was signed on Wednesday between the carrier and the Nias Island administration. This service is part of their effort to strengthen connectivity that is also part of Garuda Indonesia’s support for the development of the economy and tourism in Nias Island.
The flight from Jakarta will depart at 7:35 a.m. local time and arrive at Nias’ Binaka Gunung Sitoli Airport at 9:55 a.m. Meanwhile, the return trip will include transit in Padang, leaving Nias at 10:50 a.m., arriving in Padang at 12 p.m., and depart for Jakarta at 12:50 p.m. and arrive at the capital’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport at 3 p.m.
The opening of direct flights to Gunung Sitoli is indeed a strategic step to bolster tourism potentials of the area. Nias Island is currently growing through its dynamic economic activities and has very promising tourism potentials. This definitely calls for a proper connectivity with the capital city of Jakarta and other major cities across the archipelago as well as with other countries. This will ensure continued growth of the island’s economy and tourism into the future
At over 5,000 square kilometers, Nias is the largest of a chain of islands that runs alongside Sumatra’s west coast, which is, nonetheless separated from the mainland by a deep trench. The islands include Simeulue, the Mentawai islands, and Enggano, the latter islands already being part of the province of West Sumatra
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