Welcome back to the Labuan Bajo mission for 2016. In March of this year we travelled once again to the Mission. This year our Mission visit will be presented differently in that we will post several small postings on the visit; each will highlight different themes or profiles of the Mission, the town or its people. We will start with showing you some images of the new airport which now has the upper floor finished and open for departures. The airport now has a prominent Komodo Dragon effigy outside the airport, facing the road. Labuan Bajo is now the second most visited town in Indonesia for tourism, only exceeded by Denpasar in Bali. There are now over 30 hotels in the town, many more than the three or four hotels that were there when we first visited in 2010. Sadly, despite the influx of tourists and the building of many hotels in the town there are still many poor families living in Labuan Bajo.

See you next post when we re-visit the Missionaries of the Poor monastery in Labuan Bajo.

1. Flying into Labuan Bajo
Flying into Labuan Bajo
2. Flying over a small island community on our descent
Flying over a small island community on our descent
3. Terminal not yet completely finished
Terminal not yet completely finished
4. Arrival at Labuan Bajo - Gateway to Komodo
Arrival at Labuan Bajo – Gateway to Komodo
5. Airport arrivals hall - Yes with just three luggage trolleys
Airport arrivals hall – Yes with just three luggage trolleys
6. A different view. Very nice airport arrivals hall with the same three trolleys
A different view: very nice arrivals hall with the same three trolleys
7. New signage and Komodo dragon for the Labuan Bajo airport
New signage and Komodo Dragon for the Labuan Bajo Airport
8. Upstairs departure lounge is now open and is great
Upstairs departure lounge is now open and is great
9. Departure lounge is very modern with plenty of seating, ...
Departure lounge is very modern with plenty of seating,…
10. ...is very expansive with well priced souvenirs at the two shops,...
…is very spacious with well priced souvenirs at the two shops,…
11. ...with nice views over Labuan Bajo
…with nice views over Labuan Bajo

 

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