The stunningly scenic Toraja highlands in the north of South Sulawesi, which could formerly be reached only after a strenuous 8-10 hours drive, can now be flown in a mere one hour flight from Makassar, capital of the province of South Sulawesi.
Wings air made its inaugural commercial flight for the first time on Friday 4 September arriving 48 passengers to a water salute by Toraja Airports Authority. The launch was preceded by an official ceremony officiated by local government and agencies.
Low-cost carrier Wings Air, a member of Lion Air Group, is to operate a new route connecting Makassar city and Tana Toraja regency in South Sulawesi. According to a statement, the airline is “the first and only” carrier currently offering the service, which will be available four times a week every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
From Makassar’s Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport, Wings Air IW-1330 is scheduled to depart at 9:35 a.m. local time and land at Toraja Airport at 10:35 a.m. On the same day, Wings Air IW-1331 will leave Tana Toraja at 10:55 a.m. and arrive in Makassar at 11:55 a.m.
The service will utilize ATR-600 or ATR-72-500 aircraft that can accommodate 72 economy class passengers.
The Pongtiku airport which is one of the best in the Category III airports, has been extended and is today fully equipped to safely handle aircrafts the size of Fokker 50 and similar types of planes. Upon arrival in Toraja, comfortable buses will be ready to transport passengers to the towns of Makale and Rantepao.
The largest city in eastern Indonesia, Makassar serves as an important hub for passengers traveling to cities in Sulawesi, Maluku and Papua. Meanwhile, Tana Toraja, which lies 300 kilometers north of Makassar, is a popular destination among domestic and foreign tourists for its unique cultural ceremonies and traditions, such as the funeral festival, staycations at traditional Tongkonan houses and much more.
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