Many airlines fly to Medan, Sumatra, e.g., JetstarAsia, Garuda, Lion Air, and Malaysian Air. We choose Silk Air, a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, for the less than one-hour flight.
SilkAir is a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Airlines and operates scheduled passenger services from Singapore to 44 cities in Asia and Australia. It also serves short-haul destinations in the Singapore Airlines Group network. Although it was good to know that passengers in Economy Class enjoy a 30 kilo/66 pound check-in luggage limit, we were not happy when SilkAir changed their schedule eliminating our original flight at 12:00p to Medan and booked us on at 7:00p flight. That put the kibosh on any sightseeing at all even though travelers usually spend no more than a day in Medan, primarily used as a transit point to Bukit Lawang, Danau Toba or Malaysia the same as us. Sigh…
Medan (pop: 12 million) is the largest city on Sumatra, and has international flights to Singapore and Malaysia as well as domestic flights to Indonesia destinations. It occupies a strategic point near Sumatra’s northeast coast and the nearby port of Belawan is one of the busiest in the Strait of Malacca.
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