Paradise to Papua Four Times a Week
Citilink Indonesia Flying Four Times Weekly Between Bali and Timika, Papua.
Citilink Indonesia Airline – the low-cost subsidiary of Garuda Indonesia has opened a new route from Denpasar, Bali to Timika, Papua.
The inaugural flight using an Airbus A320 aircraft configured to carry 180 passengers, departed Bali on Friday, January 31, 2020 at 9:55 am landing at Mozes Kilangin Airport in Timika at 2:25 pm local time where the aircraft, passengers, and crew were welcomed by Yan S. Purba - the head of the transportation service for the Regency of Mimika, and representatives of Garuda Indonesia.
The return flight from Timika to Denpasar departs at 3:10 pm local time landing at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport at 5:40 pm.
The new flight service will fly direct and non-stop each Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
The terminal at the airport in Timika is owned by PT Freeport Indonesia – the operator of the world’s largest copper and gold mine in Timika operated by Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold and PT Indonesia Asahan Aluminium that was established in 1967.
Quoted by Kompas.com, the Station Manager of Citilink Indonesia in Timika. Gunawan, said preparations for the new Bali-Timika service began in December 2019 and commenced on January 31, 2020, only after official permission was issued by the Indonesian Director-General of Civil Aviation and Ministry of Transportation. Continuing, Gunawan said the new service had to also await confirmation of available slot times at both airports.
In Indonesia’s most easterly province of Papua, Citilink Indonesia also operates flights to Sentani Airport in Jayapura.
Gunawan said the new flight to Timika forms part of Citilink Indonesia’s support of the Country’s plans to expand tourism across the archipelago.