Garuda Indonesia will launch a new daily service from Singapore to Makassar on 1 June 2011. The introduction of this route is in line with the airline’s plans to develop Makassar as its third domestic hub, after Jakarta and Bali. Makassar is the largest city on the island of Sulawesi.
“The launch of this new route will mark a significant step forward in our network expansion strategy. We’re seeing strong growth in passenger traffic from Singapore to Makassar via Jakarta and there is enormous potential in this market particularly in the leisure segment,” said Risnandi, Garuda’s Senior General Manager – Area Asia.
“2011 has been declared ‘Visit Makassar’ year and the city has been busy adding new events and festivals to its attractions. We will be teaming up with the local tourism officials to promote Makassar as one of the Indonesian destination of choice and will also be launching great deals and offers to entice travellers from Singapore,” added Risnandi.
Garuda will initially operate the new route using a Boeing 737-500 aircraft, carrying 96 passengers in a two-class configuration. Flights will depart daily from Changi Airport’s Terminal 3 at 6.50pm, arriving in Makassar’s Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport at 10pm. The return service will leave Makassar at 3pm, arriving back in Singapore at 5.50pm.