Indonesia national airline company, Garuda Indonesia Airways, or GIA will add a Boeing to Papua to become the three aircraft that will serve passengers from Timika, Biak and Jayapura to Makassar and Jakarta. The three planes as said by General Manager of Garuda Indonesia Jayapura Ucok Cemerlang are two types of Boeing 737 series Boeing 800 and one 737 series of 400.
He explained that the flight route from Jakarta - Makassar – Timika (return) will served by Boeing 737 series 400, while the route Jakarta – Makassar - Biak (return) and Jakarta - Makassar – Jayapura (return) is using Boeing 737 series 800.
According to Ucok Cemerlang, especially for the route from Jakarta - Makassar Biak and Jakarta – Makassar – Jayapura - will take effect from 1 May, while the route from Jakarta – Makassar – Timika (return) has been in effect since March 28 last. "With this route changes Garuda Indonesia does not serve the route of Jayapura – Timika anymore, or vice versa," he said.
Previously, Ucok said, the flight path was served by Garuda Indonesia’s route Jakarta – Denpasar – Timika – Jayapura (return). Ucok admit, that the flight schedule changes made after the feasibility study as well as efforts to improve the public service in Papua. In fact, according to him, in the future, the passengers can travel in one day to other cities in eastern Indonesia. "Makassar will made as the service center of eastern Indonesia," said Ucok Cemerlang.