SilkAir, part of Singapore Airlines, today launched its new direct service between Singapore and Pekanbaru, Indonesia.
The new thrice-weekly service between Singapore and the capital of the Riau province in Sumatra will provide over 700 seats each week boosting a fledgling tourist industry.
Indonesia’s largest island, Sumatra, is home to many critically endangered species such as the Sumatran tiger, Sumatran Rhino and Sumatran Orangutan.
Pekanbaru is also home to a number of tourist attractions including the Alam Mayang Fishing Garden, Sang Nila Utama Museum and the Sari Valley Artificial Lake.
The Great Mosque of An-Nur is one of the city’s main attractions, with tall majestic pillars and grand interiors, fronted by a reflective pool surrounded by garden grounds.
Tourists and locals alike shop at the local pasars (markets) and the Pasar Bawah and Pasar Pusars come highly recommended.
SilkAir’s Chief Executive Marvin Tan, who was joined on the inaugural flight by local dignities, said: “This will be SilkAir’s eighth point in Indonesia and we believe this new service will provide a further boost to travel between Singapore and Indonesia.”
Details of flight numbers and schedules for services between Singapore and Pekanbaru can be seen here.