Flight carrier Garuda Indonesia plans to extend its network of routes in Papua, Indonesia’s easternmost province, as part of a push to open up the region to greater development.
The airline has agreed to a request from its office in Biak district to fly three new routes as of April from Biak to Nabire, Serui and Wamena, local Garuda manager Wayan Supatrayasa told Kompas.com.
“The facilities at [Biak’s] Frans Kaisepo Airport very much allow for planes operating from Biak to serve passengers from around the Cendrawasih Bay region,” he said.
“I’m optimistic that the new routes will help improve access to isolated areas and improve those areas’ development,” he added.
Garuda currently operates just two routes from Biak: one to Jayapura, the Papua provincial capital, and another to Jakarta via Makassar in South Sulawesi.
Susi Air operates routes from Biak to other points around the region, including Serui and Manokwari.