Several foreign airlines open direct flights to Indonesia: minister
Jakarta (ANTARA) – A number of foreign airlines will start direct flights to a number of tourist destinations in Indonesia, other than Bali, Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno has announced.
“Yesterday, I directly saw Malaysia Airlines opening a direct flight from Kuala Lumpur to Pekanbaru (Riau province),” he noted, during The Weekly Brief virtual event with Sandi Uno on Monday.
In addition to Malaysia Airlines, South Korea’s Jeju Air also opened a flight to Manado in North Sulawesi after the two sides signed an agreement.
“We appreciate and thank the parties that facilitated this,” he remarked.
Additionally, state-owned airline Garuda Indonesia will start operating a flight from Japan to Bali three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The plan is to open this flight in early November 2022.
Officially, Garuda Indonesia will announce that Japanese tourists can travel to Bali from anywhere.
Uno estimated that Narita and Osaka in Japan will be the starting point for tourists traveling to Bali, much like during the COVID-19 pandemic period.
“After we fought, more direct flights finally arrived to Indonesia,” he said.
He said he expects direct flights to not only depart overseas from each destination, but also return to Indonesia.
On the occasion, Uno also condemned chat calls to tourists, which ruin the image and reputation of Indonesian tourism.
This statement came in response to an alleged call to a tourist who visited the tourist destination Gili Trawangan, North Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, which went viral on TikTok.
“Catcalling is a heinous act towards tourists or anyone, usually the opposite sex,” he noted, adding that such actions are considered an annoyance.
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