Starting Wednesday, 26 June, Wings Air, subsidiary of the Lion Group, launched its Batam-Tanjung Pandan flights on Belitung island, announced the airline, flying three times weekly, flights depart Batam in the Riau Islands Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 16.15 hrs local time.Return flights leave Tanjung Pandan Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 06.40 hrs Western Indonesia Time.
For these flights Wings Air will use ATR72-500 aircrafts with a capacity for 72 passengers, said PR Head of Lion Air, Edward Sirait, as reported by Bisnis Indonesia.
Beltung island in the province of Bangka-Belitung has risen in popularity since the staging of the popular musical drama which was also made into a film : Laskar Pelangi, or the Rainbow troops.
The story tells about hardships experienced by village school children when the lucrative tin mines on Belitung ceased production, but how through perseverance they managed to survive and made it into a creative and succesful career.
Belitung is has become a popular tourist destination for its pristine beaches decorated with huge granite rocks. The location where Laskar Pelangi was shot has also become an attraction, besides the island’s delicious seafood, served with unique Belitung blended spices.
While Batam is popular for its magnificent golf courses and succulent seafood dishes, Batam lies only half an hour by ferry from Singapore.
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