Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Indonesia, India to explore direct flights

Chennai: Talks on beginning direct flight services between India and Indonesia might move forward when Indonesia’s Transportation Minister Ignasius Jonan visits India next week, a top Indonesian official said.

Indonesia has set a target of attracting 20 million tourists by 2020. Last year, 1.5 lakh Indians visited Indonesia and the country expects 3.6 lakh Indians this year, Saut Siringoringo, Consul General of Indonesia, told The Hindu on Monday.

With tourist flow from India and China growing about 10 per cent each year, Mr. Siringoringo said direct flights will be beneficial to Indian travellers as well as Indonesia’s tourism sector, which the country hopes will be the biggest contributor to its GDP by 2020. Last October, Indonesia waived off visa fees for Indian tourists travelling to the country. India and China contribute the maximum number of tourists travelling to Indonesia, he said.

“Our Transport Minister will be in Mumbai from February 13 to 18 to attend the Make in India programme. Hopefully after India (visit), we will have an idea to insist our airlines (to start direct flights),” Mr. Siringoringo said.
09/02/16 TK Rohit/The Hindu
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