Firstly, as usual, sorry for my bad English, and also bad quality of the photos as I took all of them by my cellphone.
This was probably the craziest flight I've ever had. Why? The road distance between Jakarta and Bandung is about 130 km, and trips using land transports normally takes 2 hours. But recently Wings Air, a subsidiary of Lion Air focusing on short flights especially to "remote" airports using ATR 72 planes, launched Jakarta-Bandung flight which is scheduled to take only about 30 minutes. Taking planes to travel between these 2 cities is never thought by most people, even until today. But I heard that the flight has became an alternative for many people, considering heavy traffic jams on Jakarta-Cikampek toll road.
Wings Air designated fixed ticket price on this route for IDR 275,000 (about USD 19.00). Still very expensive compared to shuttle vans and intercity trains, the main public transport modes to travel between these 2 cities, which generally cost IDR 70,000-100,000.
About HALIM PERDANAKUSUMA AIRPORT Built initially as military air base, the airport was opened for civil flights after the closure of Kemayoran Airport while waiting for the completion of current Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (SHIA). The opening of SHIA made Halim Airport only used for chartered flights. In 2014 the airport was once again opened for scheduled civil flights. Today the main users of Halim Airport are Citilink, Batik Air, and Wings Air. The airport is loved by many people especially in East Jakarta and Bekasi for the strategic location in the city center, compared to the quite far SHIA. The airport only serves domestic flights. International flights to Jakarta are still operating only in SHIA.
About HUSEIN SASTRANEGARA AIRPORT Located in Bandung city, the airport is main air gateway to the capital of West Java Province. I can say that AirAsia, Malaysia-based carrier, has made the airport growing. Before that, only SilkAir and chartered flights are operating at the airport, and the main air gateway for Bandung was Soekarno-Hatta Airport. Since the entering of AirAsia, more and more carriers are entering the airport. Mainly serving domestic flights, Husein Airport currently also serves international flights to Singapore (SilkAir, AirAsia) and Kuala Lumpur (AirAsia, Malindo Air). It once had international routes to Johor Bahru and Penang but the routes didn't exist anymore.
Now let's enter the main story.
March 28th, 2018 From my residence in southern side of Jakarta, I took the commuter train to Cawang Station and continued my trip to the airport by "Gojek" motorbike taxi.
Self-check-in computers are available but only for Citilink passengers.
I had done the online check-in, and the only thing to do was to print my pass at the check-in counter.
The boarding pass.
Entering the waiting room after usual security checks. Electrical plugs are available to recharge your phones.
An announcement was made that my flight was delayed for 30 minutes, as the plane was still on its way from Tasikmalaya, another airport in West Java Province located about 250 km from Jakarta.
Then we were called for boarding at 1.25 p.m.
Some photos at the apron.
The ATR 72-600 plane, with reg code PK-WGI, which would bring me to Bandung.
I was surprised the plane was almost fully-occupied, though the seat beside me was vacant. I also saw a group of Korean people and Western travelers on this flight.
Then our flight began at 1.45 p.m. While on the way before take-off, private jets could be seen.
A special plane owned by Partai Nasdem (National Democratic Party).
Time to fly.
A great sight of Jakarta city from the top.
Then we crossed the rain. All passengers were requested to sit and fasten the seat belts. The "shake" was quite hard, and of course always harder in turboprop planes like this.
I was quite sad because the rains and clouds made me couldn't see Jatiluhur Reservoir, the main sight on this flight.
Time to check all stuff inside the seat pocket.
"Wings" magazine, with Lake Toba in my hometown as the highlight.
Only 30 minutes after take-off, we had been preparing for landing. Very quick flight.
The scenery of Bandung city.
Touching the runway at 2.30 p.m.
Time to disembark.
Some pics at the apron on my way to the terminal building.
Malindo Air preparing to take-off to KL, Malaysia.
Citilink touching the runway.
Entering the terminal building.
Final shots of the terminal from the outside. The roof is inspired by Sundanese architecture.
As there was still no public transports from the airport, I had to walk about 500 m to the main road to access public transports.
I explored the Bandung city some hours before returning back to Jakarta at night, but not by plane because Wings Air operated only 1 flight per day, and the cost was still too expensive for me, so I chose to go home by "Lintas" shuttle van.
Jakarta - HLP
Bandung-Java Island - BDO
A very short but pleasant flight. Once again, considering the heavy traffic jams on the Jakarta-Bandung toll road due to the constructions of new toll road and railway lines, the flight can be the option for fast trips between Jakarta-Bandung. No meals and entertainment provided, and I think those are unnecessary for a 30-minutes flight.
Halim Airport is very close to Jakarta city core. The cleanliness and service still can be improved. I hope that Trans Jakarta bus can enter the airport for the public transport options.
Bandung's Husein Sastranegara Airport is also located near the city center and very easy to access, but I also hope that more public transport options are available at the airport.
After the opening of Kertajati Airport in Majalengka as the main gateway to West Java Province, I'm still not sure about the fate of Bandung's airport, whether it will be closed or still operating for next years.
That's my report. Hope you enjoy it!
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