FAQ'S                                                                 FLIGHTS



  • Which airlines should I choose for intercontinental flights to Indonesia?

I cannot speak for other continents but from Europe the best airlines are:

- Cathay Pacific via Hong Kong
- China Airlines via Taipe

- Etihad Airways via Abu Dhabi

- Emirates via Dubai

- Garuda Indonesia via Jakarta

- KLM via Singapore
- Korean Air via Seoul

- Qatar Airways, via Doha

- Singapore Airlines via Singapore

- Turkish Airlines via Istanbul

Except for Etihad Airways all of the above airlines have both flights to Jakarta and to Denpasar.


  • What is the best airline to Indonesia?

The term best airline is not for everyone the same. Speaking about quality and ranking on official websites I would say: Singapore Airlines and Qatar Airways.


  • When should I book my intercontinental flight to Indonesia?

It depends on when you want to spend your holiday in Indonesia. 
-for the months July and August the best time is to book the year before between
  September and November; this is from Europe. I guess from other continents it will
  be about the same.

-for flights between 10 December and 15 January the best period is around May/June

-for flights after 15 January, February, March, April, May and June the best time to
  book is 4 to 6 months before

-for flights in September, October, November and up untill 10 December the best time
  to book is 4 to 6 months before
Note: since 2022 prices of flights have increased dramatically.


  • What is the cheapest airline to Indonesia?

This varies from time to time. So, just check them all. The fact is none of them are cheap currently like back in 2019.


  • Which airline or airport should I choose when coming from abroad?

This depends very much on your plans before or after Flores. Coming from abroad and when you go to Flores only or combine Flores with Bali, Lombok, Sulawesi, Sumba or Timor the best airport is Denpasar.

Good direct connections with domestic airports are Kupang (Timor) and Makassar (Sulawesi)


  • When should I book domestic flights?

Tickets for the months July, August, the Idul Fitri period (the first two weeks of April in 2024) and between 15 December and 15 January you best book 2 to 3 months ahead.

Outside these periods 1 month in advance should be fine.


  • How many airports has Flores

Flores has 6 airports; from east to west:

Larantuka       Kupang

Maumere        Labuan Bajo, Kupang (Timor), Denpasar (Bali), Makassar (Sulawesi)

Ende                 Labuan Bajo, Kupang (Timor)

Bajawa               Labuan Bajo, Kupang (Timor)

Ruteng             Kupang (Timor) however currently not operational

Labuan Bajo   Bajawa, Ende, Maumere, Denpasar (Bali), Jakarta, Kupang, Surabaya 


  • Which airlines fly to Flores?

Air Asia, Batik Air, Citilink, Garuda, Lion Air an Super Air Jet - Labuan Bajo

Wings Air - Bajawa, Ende, Labuan Bajo, Larantuka, Maumere

NAM Air (Sriwijaya) - Maumere


  • What about safety and delays of Indonesian carriers

Almost all Indonesian carriers were blacklisted in Europe for years but all of them are removed in 2018. Safety has been increased in last decade. However delays are still an issue with Lion Air and Wings Air as the absolute number one and sadly Flores depends on Wings Air for most flights.


Anne Mieke  -AM PHOTONESIA©-