Significant savings is now provided by an Explore Indonesia Pass launched by Garuda Indonesia this autumn. According to Dony Widojoko, Vice President Jakarta Raya Region, the initiative is part of Garuda Indonesia commitment as Indonesia’s national carrier to assure the promotion of tourism to the world’s largest archipelago.
“Travellers chosing to buy the pass will be able to receive savings of 30% to 60% compared to normal booking in economy class for domestic tickets. For example, a round trip with the pass between Jakarta-Denpasar-Labuan Bajo, a famed diving site and home to the Komodo dragon in Flores will cost only US$276 instead of US$616; a round trip Jakarta-Yogyakarta-Surabaya-Semarang-Jakarta would be sold at US$231 instead of US$531”, he said during the recent TIME Pasar Wisata travel show.
“This is an incredible saving to visit the country especially now that citizens from 90 countries are eligible for one-month free visa-on-arrival”, added Mr. Widojoko.
The Explore Indonesia Pass exists in four different versions: the Explore Indonesia Pass is a tailor-made solution to fly at least to three destinations in the entire archipelago. The Underwater Pass promote Indonesia’s most beautiful diving and snorkeling sites such as Ambon, Manado or Sabang; the Heritage Pass is valid for cities such as Bandung, Denpasar, Semarang or Yogyakarta; the Adventure Pass proposes flights to Indonesia most extraordinary nature destinations from Labuan Bajo in Flores to Lake Toba or Bukitinggi in Sumatra.
” We could also think in the long term over Islands or regional Indonesian Pass such as a “Java Pass”, “Sumatra Pass” or “Sulawesi Pass” for example”, told the Vice President of the Greater Jakarta Region.
Garuda Indonesia is still looking at expanding internationally, particularly as domestic tourism has been affected by rising fuel prices and Indonesia’s economic slowdown. Garuda recently launched new flights out of Bali to China- Hangzhou, Kunming and Nanjing. “We are looking also to expand to India and Vietnam, which are two of our priorities”, said Dony Widojoko. He also confirmed the launching of at least one new European destination in 2016, either Frankfurt or Paris.
Good news for travellers is the full-fledged construction of the new Terminal 3, which should be achieved by the end of 2016. The future terminal has been specifically designed to accommodate Garuda and its Skyteam partners, turning finally Jakarta into the much expected world-class hub that it should have been for many years…