Within the past few years, Bandung has rapidly become one of Indonesia’s notable tourist destinations.The busy activities at Husein Sastranegara airport, a modest airport located on Jl. Pajajaran No. 156 Bandung, is an indicator of this rapid growth.
Now, domestic and international passengers can go “island hopping” conveniently from Bandung to several new destinations such as Sumatra, Kalimantan, Sulawesi and even to Papua.
The airport offers new direct flights connecting Bandung with Medan, Pekanbaru, Palembang, Lampung, Batam, Semarang, Yogyakarta, Surabaya and Denpasar.
There are also international direct flights to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.
Merpati airlines, which specializes in exploring the eastern part of the country, also offers non-direct flights that connect passengers to Makassar in South Sulawesi; Sampit in South Kalimantan; as well as Jayapura and Merauke in Papua.
Husein Sastranegara spokesperson Heru Trimulyono said that the number of passengers departing and arriving at the airport could reach up to 10,000 passengers per day.
Seven airlines operate from the airport; Citilink, Garuda Indonesia, Wings Air, Merpati, Air Asia, Lion Air and Silk Air.
Raina, a traveler who was planning to depart from the airport to Denpasar, said she was thrilled to see the increasing flight activities at Bandung’s airport.
“[Now] we don’t have to go to Cengkareng [Soekarno-Hatta International Airport Jakarta] anymore and I love that,” she said.
She said this was because when taking a flight from Jakarta the journey to the airport often took longer than the flight itself while Bandung was also more hassle free.
With this information on hand, planning your next hop from Bandung is just a matter of pointing finger at the map, travelers.