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Last updated: December 26, 2013
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Merpati Airlines increases flights to Indonesia’s nature and diving hotspot – Labuan Bajo, Flores.


UPDATE 2014
New 7 Wonder of Nature Komodo Island now has more flights operating to the nearby airport in Labuan Bajo than ever before.

Garuda Indonesia now offers a premium/full-service product: an airline that is permitted to fly in EU airspace, passengers get a 20kg checked baggage allowance (not 15kg like its competitors) and don’t pay excess baggage for sports equipment.

You can compare the airlines in more detail here.

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It is worth noting that all flights leave in the morning. It is almost impossible to arrive in Bali from an international flight and continue to Labuan Bajo on the same day; a no-risk option is to stay one night at a hotel near Bali Airport.

Airline Departs
Denpasar (Bali)
Arrives in
Labuan Bajo
Days Of
Operation
Garuda Indonesia logo 06:15 07:40 Daily
TransNusa logo 08:30 09:35 Daily
Merpati Airlines logo 08:50 10:25 Daily
Wings Air logo 10:20 11:40 M, W, F, Su
Sky Aviation Indonesia 11:30 13:00 Daily
Garuda Indonesia logo 11:50 13:15 Daily
Wings Air logo 11:55 13:25 Daily

M = Monday, Tu = Tuesday, W = Wednesday, Th = Thursday, F = Friday, Sa = Saturday, Su = Sunday.

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With an early morning flight, it is possible to transit Bali and connect to international flights on the same day.

Airline Departs
Denpasar (Bali)
Arrives in
Labuan Bajo
Days Of
Operation
Wings Air logo 08:30 09:50 Daily
Sky Aviation Indonesia 09:30 11:00 Daily
TransNusa logo 10:10 11:10 Tu, Th, F, Su
Garuda Indonesia logo 10:10 11:30 Daily
Merpati Airlines logo 10:55 12:30 Daily
Wings Air logo 12:05 13:25 M, W, F, Su
Garuda Indonesia logo 16:15 17:35 Daily
TransNusa logo 16:30 17:35 M, W, Sa

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Flight Memory statistics

Visitors to the Mau Ke Mana page on Flight Memory (see banner above) would be surprised to discover that MKM’s most popular route isn’t one of the more popular routes like:

- Bali to Lombok: a 30 minute hop between two premier tourist destinations and often the cheapest flight available.

- Jakarta to Bali: a popular choice for visitors needing a rest or a domestic connection for their cheap flight between Europe and Jakarta.

- Jakarta to Surabaya: the two most populous cities and the route with the greatest number of flights in Indonesia.

No, it’s actually Bali to Labuan Bajo. How so?

Komodo DragonAs you can see above, Labuan Bajo has the nearest airport to Komodo Island, home of Indonesia’s candidate for the New 7 Natural Wonders of the World: the komodo dragon. The airport was recently renamed Komodo Airport to highlight this. There are many different tour operators based in Labuan Bajo, so organising a tour to Komodo Island (or its neighbour Rinca Island) is not difficult.

Labuan Bajo is also justifiably famous as a centre for diving. There are many dive shops and resorts on and off-shore. You can pre-book a live-aboard before you come, or shop around and arrange it yourself upon arrival.

Finally, Labuan Bajo is often a starting point for a trek across Flores on the Trans-Flores Highway. Many visitors fly from Bali to Labuan Bajo, hire a car with driver/tour guide for a few days, then return to Bali from Maumere in East Flores.

Elsewhere in Flores there are also other natural tourist attractions such as:

Flores Hobbit Cave

- The history-changing Flores Hobbit Cave, near Ruteng.

- The inspirational multi-hued crater lakes of Mt Kelimutu, near Moni.

So it is a welcome development to see that Merpati Airlines now flies more frequently between Denpasar and Labuan Bajo. Before it flew daily; now it operates 13 flights a week.

Here is a list of flights between Bali and Labuan Bajo:

Airline
Departs Bali at: Daily: 08:40
M, W, Th: 13:15
Tu, F: 11:25
M, W, F, Su: 10:20
Tu, Th, Sa: 13:35
Daily: 08:30
Departs Labuan Bajo at: Tu, F: 09:20
Daily: 10:45
M, W, Th: 15:20
Tu, Th, Sa: 08:30
M, W, F, Su: 12:05
Tu, Th, F, Su: 10:05
M, W, Sa: 16:30
Plane Xian MA60 ATR72-500 BAe 146
Notes Tu, F: Continues to Maumere Tu, Th, Sa: Continues to Ende Fastest/shortest flight

M = Monday, Tu = Tuesday, W = Wednesday, Th = Thursday, F = Friday, Sa = Saturday, Su = Sunday.
All three airlines have a free 15kg checked baggage allowance that isn’t strictly enforced.

If you would like to visit Labuan Bajo and see some of Indonesia’s amazing and unique natural beauty, click here to book a flight.



2 Comments on Komodo Kommando

  1. avatar timdog Says:
    August 11th, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Not that surprising, given that Labuanbajo/Komodo has very obviously become a phenomenal “flavour of the moment” in the last two years, the number-one choice for an “excursion” for tourists visiting Bali (many of who seem unaware that there are two large – not to mention very interesting – islands between Bali and Komodo)…

    This has all led to a real business boom in LBJ, but there is something that needs pointing out – although much of the vacant land there has been snapped up by developers (many of them reportedly from Bali), not much has been built yet, and the available accomodation hasn’t yet caught up with the demand, in terms of both volume and standards.

    Labuanbajo was for a long time a sleepy stop-off for backpackers and divers. It first rose during the decent tourism boom of the 1980s/90s. The first time I went there about ten years ago things were at a pretty low ebb – there were plenty of aging guesthouses, none of them full, all looking a little shabby. These are still the same places accomodating the hordes of flown-in visitors who arrive there now. The last time I was there (briefly last year) Labuanbajo felt like a place that didn’t really know what had hit it (and some of the tourists looked like they didn’t know what they had hit them either, when they saw the rooms they were staying in and heard what they had to pay for them)…

    It is, however, a very lovely spot, and one that well deserves its current good times in the tourist trade…

  2. avatar Chris Says:
    October 30th, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Garuda Indonesia announced today it will commence daily flights between Denpasar and Labuan Bajo in early December. Like Wings Air, it will operate new ATR72 aircraft.

    Source

    Here are the flight details:

    eff 03DEC13 Denpasar – Labuan Bajo – Ende 1 daily with new ATR72 aircraft
    GA4026 DPS1150 – 1315LBJ1350 – 1430ENE ATR D
    GA4027 ENE1505 – 1545LBJ1615 – 1735DPS ATR D

    eff 18DEC13 Denpasar – Labuan Bajo – Tambolaka 1 daily with new ATR72 aircraft
    GA4020 DPS0615 – 0740LBJ0810 – 0840TMC ATR D
    GA4021 TMC0910 – 0940LBJ1010 – 1130DPS ATR D

    Source

    The flights will use new ATR72-600 aircraft, with 70 seats. Presumably, (like all other Garuda flights) there will be a 20kg checked baggage allowance in economy class, unlike other airlines with 15kg. However, there will be no business class service.

    Source

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