Nowadays it is easy to get flights to Indonesia. There are various airlines you can choose: either Indonesian airlines such as Garuda Indonesia Airways, Lion Air, and Citilink, or global airlines such as Singapore Airways, Air Asia, Lufthansa, KLM, Emirates, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas and many more.
Our main international airport is Soekarno Hatta International Airport at Cengkareng, approximately 30 kilometers from Jakarta. Hence, its nickname is Cengkareng or CKG if you see the band in your luggage.
You also can request Visa on Arrival in this airport. If you fly with Garuda Indonesia Airways, they provide the Visa on Arrival form during the flight so you can speed up the process. But, before you do that, check whether you are eligible for Indonesia Visa on Arrival.
Other major cities and tourist destinations in Indonesia such as Surabaya, Bandung, Jogjakarta, Denpasar, and Medan have international airport too. Therefore, if you intend to visit Sunda, you can fly either to Jakarta or Bandung.
There are two airports serving Greater Jakarta: the main one is Soekarno Hatta International Airport, popularly known as Cengkareng Airport in West Jakarta. This is the biggest and busiest airport in Indonesia. The second one is Halim Perdanakusuma Airport in East Jakarta. It is an older airport belongs to the Indonesia Air Force, but presently it is partly used for commercial to reduce the load in Cengkareng airport.
Currently, there are two international airports serving Bandung. The first one is Husein Sastranegara International Airport in downtown Bandung. The new and much bigger one is Kertajati International Airport in Majalengka district. It serves Bandung, Cirebon and hopefully reduce the load of Cengkareng airport too. If you need more information on how to travel to Bandung, please check Bandung Travel Guide.
Whenever I travel by plane, I always try to find the cheapest flight available, without ignoring safety. Over the years I learned that there are two kinds of cheap filghts: low cost carrier and connecting flight.
There are several low cost carrier operated in Indonesia. Among them are: Air Asia, Citilink, Lion Air, Batik Air, Wings Air and Sriwijaya Air. As low cost carriers, they offer several promotion programs every year. So, if you plan ahead of time, you can save a lot. But, once you buy the ticket, you can not make any changes, or it will be very costly to change it. On the other hand, the airlines can change the schedules and we must follow the new schedule. So, think wisely whether the low price is worth your time or not.
The next option to get cheap flight to Indonesia is to find a connecting flight. For example, once I flew with Lufthansa from Jakarta to Bangkok. It was the cheapest flight because Lufthansa wanted to fill in the empty seats between Jakarta and Bangkok, since Bangkok was a transit hub only while the final destination was Frankfurt. The drawback of this kind of flight is inconvenient time of arrival, in my case I arrived at midnight.
The easiest way to buy this type of ticket is to shop around between several travel agents and ask for the cheapest ticket to your destination. Luckily, the internet era save the time of shopping around. The cheap ticket can be found in several clicks. But always remember to check whether there is any transit and how long the transit time will be. Sometimes it is not worth to trade off cheaper ticket with long transit time.
The question is: which type of flights to Indonesia do you prefer?
Having secured the flights to Indonesia, the next step would be to start looking for places you'd like to visit. Let's start with the land of Sunda, which has so much to offer: stunning beaches, gorgeous highlands, modern cities, charming small towns, theme parks, botanical gardens, and much more.