A new airline called Sky Aviation (motto "Welcome to our Sky") recently commenced flights to several cities in Sumatra (including the Riau Islands and Bangka Belitung), Java and Bali.
It seems Sky Aviation has a small budget for marketing; the author has only seen one advertisement in a small regional newspaper (below), so probably few people have heard of them.
This is a pity because Sky Aviation have some very useful flights to/from remote areas. Sky's other flights reduce travel times for people who need to get around in a hurry, and increase comfort for people who do not wish to e.g. bump along in a bus on poor quality roads.
Some of these cities are quite small, with few or no other commercial flights. Therefore, each destination city's province is included in brackets.
|Surabaya (East Java)||Bandarlampung (Lampung), Bandung (West Java), Banyuwangi (East Java), Denpasar (Bali), Solo (Central Java)|
|Dabo Singkep (Riau Islands), Dumai (North Sumatra), Matak/Natuna Islands (Riau Islands), Pangkal Pinang (Bangka Belitung), Rengat (Riau), Tanjung Pinang/Bintan (Riau Islands)|
|Palembang (South Sumatra)||Bandarlampung (Lampung), Bengkulu (Bengkulu), Jambi (Jambi), Kerinci (Jambi), Lebuk Langgur (South Sumatra), Pangkal Pinang (Bangka Belitung), Pekanbaru (Riau), Tanjung Pandan (Bangka Belitung)|
But rather than just give a list of cities, here are some reasons why to visit some of these destinations:
Banyuwangi (from Denpasar or Surabaya)
Nearest airport to the spectacular views and not-so-spectacular smell of Ijen Plateau, a moonscape-like volcano with an aqua-coloured lake and a sulphur vent. It is a regular stop on the Jakarta to Bali tourist trail, and many like to make the 90 minute hike up the mountain in time for sunrise.
Kerinci (from Palembang or Jambi)
One for the serious trekkers, Indonesia's Mt Kerinci (3800m) is Indonesia's tallest active volcano. If you want to save your energy for the trail and not use it up on many hours of slow and crowded buses, this is an option worth considering.
Bengkulu (from Palembang)
Indonesia's remote Sumatran capital is hoping to foster an increase in tourism with improved accommodation facilities at the nearby Panjang Beach. You can read an interesting review here.
Sky Aviation's flight schedule in Java can be viewed on the full-size version of the advertisement above.
For other destinations, you can view Sky Aviation's online flight schedule here. It is in English and Indonesian; curiously, it only lists departure times, not arrival times.
Sky Aviation currently uses mostly Fokker 50 aircraft, but have also recently ordered 12 Sukhoi Superjets.
Their free checked baggage allowance is 15 kg. They offer e-ticketing but not online booking. One way fares from e.g. Surabaya to Banyuwangi start at $US40.
If you would like to book a flight on Sky Aviation, please fill in a enquiry form here.
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