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Flights from Adi Sumarmo International Airport, Indonesia

Adi Sumarmo International Airport serves the city of Solo, also known as Surakarta, in Indonesia. Located in the central region of Indonesia’s Java island, Solo is rooted in Javanese tradition and a strong upholder of its home culture. Though little known compared to its more modern neighbours on Java Island, Solo is a great place to learn about ancient Javanese culture as well as visit cultural attractions such as the keratons – or palaces – of the Sunan of Surakarta or the Prince of Mangkunegara.

The Airport is located a mere 14km north of the city of Solo, so travellers are encouraged to flag a cab direct from the airport to their destination as fares are relatively inexpensive.

Domestic

One of the most popular destinations from Adi Sumarmo International Airport is Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia. In just over an hour, you can go from the tranquility of Solo to the hustle and bustle of a big city. With Jakarta’s vibrant bazaars full of exotic fruits, colourful beads and fabrics, decadent but affordable nightlife and amusing oddities like the Chicken Market and a 132m-tall phallic-shaped column of Monas – which symbolises both the fight against colonialism as well as Indonesian fertility – Jakarta is about as different from Solo as it is possible to be, despite being in the same country.  

Alternatively, you can also visit the city of Surabaya from Adi Sumarmo International. Also located on Java Island but in its eastern regions, Surabaya is the second largest city in Indonesia (the first being Jakarta) and known to locals as Kota Pahlawan, which means the City of Heroes. Learn about Surabaya’s turbulent past in the commemorative statues of independence fighters located all around the city, many of whom are regarded as Indonesian heroes for their role in the independence movement. Even the name stems from aggressive conditions; legend has it that the city, sitting at the mouth of the Brantas river, was the site of a battle between a shark (sura) and a crocodile (baya).

You can also go to the Oil City of Indonesia, Balikpapan, with a direct flight from Adi Sumarmo International. Richly endowed in oil, natural gas and coal, Balikpapan is a treasure trove of natural resources, which also made it an area much fought over by various parties. The city was the site of many historic battles during World War II between invading Japanese forces and the Dutch colonial powers. Feel the violence of history weigh on your shoulders as you visit a preserved Japanese cemetery, as well as the remains of Japanese bunkers.

International

As of June 2014, Adi Sumarmo Airport only flies to 2 international destinations, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. There’s much to see in these 2 cosmopolitan cities, though.

Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia and a well-known food haven as well as shopping paradise – it was once featured as the world’s fourth best shopping city in CNNGo, and contains 3 of the world’s 10 largest malls.

Singapore is not too shabby either – a city that has taken multiple cultural influences and blended it together into one hybrid concoction, Singapore is now one of the world’s economic powerhouses and is ready to wow you with her spitting Merlion, lush greenery, clean streets and colourful nightlife. 

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Airports near Solo / Surakarta

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