Air transport is the easiest and most comfortable means of travel in Indonesia. Garuda Indonesia, the national flag carrier, operates both international and domestic routes. Domestically it serves 33 cities, including all the provincial capitals. The only all-jet airline on domestic routes, it, has several daily flights from Jakarta to Bali, Medan, Ujung Pandang, Manado and Yogyakarta. It also operates shuttle flights to Surabaya and Semarang several times a day. Garuda has introduced the ‘Visit Indonesia Air Pass’, which offers special fares on its domestic flights. The passes are sold in conjunction with travel on Garuda from Europe, USA, Australia and Japan, and have to be purchased from Garuda Offices in those countries. Its international network serves London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt, Paris, Zurich, Rome, Vienna, Cairo, Abudhabi, Jeddah and Riyadh. In Asia and Australia destinations include: Ho Chi Min City, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Taipei, Manila, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Nagoya, Seoul, Singapore, Brunei, New Zealand, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Darwin, Portland and Auckland.
Garuda serves Honolulu and Los Angeles in the U.S. Merpati Nusantara Airlines is the second national carrier and flies to about 110 destination in Indonesia, with some flights to Australia (Darwin), Brunei Darussalam, Davao (Philippines), and east Malaysia (Kuching). Bouraq and Mandala airlines also have regularly scheduled services. There are some other privately owned airlines which mainly operate charter flights. Indonesia’s three main gateways are Soekkarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta, Polonia Airport in Medan and Ngurah Rai Airport in Bali.
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