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In a country of over 200 million people spread across 17508 islands, you’d expect the market for domestic air travel to be strong and that a robust, efficient airline would thrive, Merpati, the second largest carrier in Indonesia, is that carrier.

Merpati Nusantara Airlines

There is a lot of competition on the main trunk routes between the largest Indonesian cities, but if you’re looking to travel to one of the secondary destinations within this vast country then Merpati is your best bet. Internationally the airline flies only to Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Dili (East Timor) but domestically flights operate from either of the country’s two main international access airports at Jakarta or Denpasar. Destinations served include Balikpapan, Banjarmasin, Batam, Biak, Bima, Cangkerang, Cilacap, Halim, Jayapura, Kendari, Kupang. Makassar, Manado, Manokwari, Mataram, Maumere, Merauke, Padang, Palembang, Palu, Pekanbaru, Sorong, Surabaya, Tanjung Karang, Waingapu, Ujunpandang and Yogyakarta.

Merpati Flights in Indonesia

OK let’s get the joke out of the way before we start - Question: "What song characterises Indonesia’s second largest airline?" Answer " It’s Merpati and I’ll fly if I want to."

Seriously Merpati is a significant airline operating to many destinations within the world’s largest Muslim democracy, which encompasses over 300 different ethnic groups and 250 distinct languages. Our advice is always to arrive early and make your presence known to the inevitably friendly (but not always attentive to your needs) Merpati staff.

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Merpati operates a mixed fleet of Boeings and turboprop aircraft and is updating during 2007 with the first deliveries of an order for 15 Xian MA60’s, a 60 seat Chinese built aircraft.