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Monday, 07 January, 2019, 15 : 00 PM [IST]

Indonesia expects improvements in air connectivity with India in 2019

While India and Indonesia are celebrating 70 years of diplomatic relationships between the two countries this year, Indonesia expects favourable conditions emerging for more direct connectivity and thus people- to-people exchanges between the two countries  going forward. 
   
Speaking to TravelBiz Monitor during a reception organised for the travel and tourism trade in the Embassy, Sidharto Suryodipuro, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to India expressed the confidence of more operators coming forward to start direct operations between the two countries considering the moderations in fuel prices and consolidation that is happening in the aviation market both in India and Indonesia. “Lot of airlines had put their route expansion on hold last year because of increasing fuel prices. The fuel prices have stabilised and become competitive now. So we expect airlines to get into route expansion mode once again.”

Ambassador Suryodipuro wanted Indian carriers to seize the opportunity that exists between the two countries and come forward as few Indonesian carriers have already commenced operations. “We are in talks with Indian airline companies directly and indirectly,” he stated when asked about his role towards convincing Indian airline operators. 

He conceded that connectivity was one of the major topic that came forward during his interactions with Indian travel trade. There was also demand for steady information flow especially on matters of safety and security, he added.

There was 20% growth in Indian tourists visits to Indonesia in 2018, the Ambassador said. Indonesia received approx INR 6 lakh Indian visitors compared to INR 4.85 lakh  in 2017. Ambassador expects further momentum in tourism exchanges in coming years. 

He said that considering the geographical size and population of India, Indonesia Tourism has to look at targeted marketing and promotion approach.



 
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