Tuesday, November 22, 2016

“Time for more direct air connectivity between India, Indonesia”

Tiruchi: With more and more Indian tourists travelling to Indonesia, there is a strong case for providing direct air connectivity between the two countries, said Saut Siringoringo, Consul General of Indonesia, Mumbai, here on Monday.

Garuda Indonesia, the national airline of Indonesia, will launch a direct flight service between Jakarta and Mumbai in December. “Yet, it is sad that there is still not much direct air connectivity between the two countries despite the rising tourist arrivals from India. From time to time I have been reminding them. I am confident that more Indonesian airlines will fly here, given the huge market,” he said indicating that direct flight services from Indonesia could be introduced to a few more Indian destinations, including Chennai, by March next year.

Providing statistics on tourist arrivals from India, Mr.Siringoringo said 2,10,000 Indian tourists had travelled to Indonesia in 2014 and the figure rose to 2,70,000 in 2015. “I am optimistic that the figure will cross 3,50,000 this year ,” he said, speaking to The Hindu. Mr.Siringoringo was on a visit to the city to explore opportunities for strengthening bilateral ties between the two countries.
21/11/16 S. Ganesan/The Hindu
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