Indonesia’s national airline Garuda announced this week it would develop South Sulawesi’s capital Makassar as a ‘third hub’, after Jakarta and Denpasar (Bali). The state-owned company said its move was part of the government’s ‘Six National Economic Development Corridors’ concept to identify and nurture unique economic strengths in Indonesia’s regional areas.

Garuda’s CEO Emirsyah Satar said the airline was “always responsive towards market trends and quick to cash in on growing economic potentials in various regions,” and added his hopes to increase passenger travel, improve service and thus stimulate the local economy.

Under Indonesia’s Six Economic Corridors plan, Makassar is being developed as a business hub. With a population of nearly 1.5 million, the city has a plum strategic location both in Indonesia and between the growing markets of Australia and East Asia, and a 70% service-based economy. Garuda runs direct flights from the city to other business centers, like Singapore and Balikpapan in Borneo. Sulawesi Island itself is being developed as a production and manufacturing center for agriculture, plantation, fishery and the national nickel mining products.

From now on, travelers from Makassar can fly Garuda direct to thirteen domestic and international destinations.: Ambon, Balikpapan, Biak, Denpasar, Jakarta, Jayapura, Palu, Surabaya, Gorontalo, Manado, Ternate, Timika, and Singapore.

source & article: Garuda