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Direct flights from Indonesia to India on the way to getting nod
Shekhar Niyogi, Kolkata, January 29, 2013

THE absence of direct air connectivity between India and Indonesia may soon become history as the Indonesian government is now working to remove the deadlock that has impeded Indian outbound traffic to the archipelago.


Rizali W Indrakesuma, Indonesia’s ambassador to India, said: “Three private carriers have expressed interest to begin flights on India routes, and the Indonesian government will be taking a call on these requests soon…The Indonesian government was not willing to transfer the Garuda rights to any private airlines earlier, but it has realised that it cannot rely only on Garuda.”

Both Lion Air and AirAsia are understood to have approached the Indonesian government for approval of routes to India, while the third carrier was not revealed.


“Besides this, Garuda Indonesia will soon be signing a codeshare agreement with Jet Airways,” added Rizali. 


“We expect a significant increase in travel both ways once direct air connectivity is established. All neighbouring destinations like Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore are reaping the benefits of tourism because they have direct air connectivity with India. Our target for 2013 is 200,000 Indian tourists.” Last year, 150,000 Indians visited Indonesia.


Meanwhile, the trade is anticipating the breakthrough in direct links between the two countries.


Expecting a surge in Indian arrivals is Paul Edmundus, managing director of Floressa Bali Tours: “(Direct flights) should have happened a long time back as we could have had large numbers (of Indian tourists) like other ASEAN destinations.”


Sanjay Maniar, director, Travelaid India, said: “Bali is a popular destination, but with direct flights we can look beyond Bali to Jogjakarta, Manado, Solo and Bandung. Packages to Indonesia will be easy (to sell) with direct flights as we have the advantage of visa on arrival.”

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It is high time Jakarta to welcome the potential Indian market. I am confident both countries will gain outstanding rewards once direct services are up and running.
Posted by: Nugroho Setiatmadji
29-01-2013 18:13:13
Dear Sir, Jakartha operation of Lion Air in the air past 5 Years operating to India. Indonasia have very big potential for Indian Market Eg EthnicTraffic/Misc/Leisure /Business & students. same like Indonasion visit India much to see various Place in India Indian pax can visit neighboring country like SIN/KUL. \"Lion Air is coming coming no body knows when? This is high time to Lion Air come to India. All the best to Lion Air !!!
30-01-2013 18:03:53
Hello Sir, Any update on this news? It’s really high time now... A direct flight will not only increase the Indian and Indonesian tourism but Indian carries can offer cheaper fares to the Indonesian people travelling to Middle East for work purpose and Indonesia based carriers can increase the flow to Australia via Jakarta for Indians. Currently all other regional airlines are benefiting from this traffic. Best Regards Abhijit
Posted by: Abhijit Hole
10-05-2013 16:38:32
Till now there is no direct flight from India to Indonesia. There were a lot benefits with direct flights. Some of these benefits are, 1.Many people can travel to Australia via Jakarta 2.Many Indian tourist can visit Indonesia (especially a.Prambanan (UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the largest Hindu temple site in Indonesia, and one of the biggest in Southeast Asia), b.Bali (Balinese culture was strongly influenced by Indian, Chinese, and particularly Hindu culture, beginning around the 1st century AD), c. Borobodur - This famous Buddhist temple, dating from the 8th and 9th centuries, is located in central Java. It also depicts the gupta style from India and shows influence of Buddhism as well as Hinduism. 3.Indonesian tourist can visit India as there were a lot of tourist places 4.Can travel to gulf countries via Chennai or Mumbai (Which is cheaper & faster). Hope Airasia/Lion Air/Jet airways or any other airlines start direct flights from Indonesia to India. (Atleast Jakarta to Chennai direct flights weekly thrice is the best option).
Posted by: Srinivasa naveen
29-08-2013 20:16:15
direct flights from indonesia to india will certainly increase the amount of tourists in both directions. presently the inconvenience of transit in KL or Singapore makes the trip tiring and long. if flights from bali to trichy, bali chennai, bali varanasi were introduced, many balinese would venture to india on pilgrimages and discover their hindu roots. the indian visa on entry for indonesians simplifies matters. the indian embassy in indonesia will have to start issuing indian visas for foreigners, both in jakarta and especially in bali.Many foreigners will wish to travel directly between indonesia and india. a flight from medan to trichy or chennai would certainly be useful also as large community of tamils in medan and it would bring indian tourists to sumatra as the fare would be lower due to close proximity to india.
Posted by: ulu fjolkunnigr
11-06-2014 03:03:42
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