Indonesia eyes Russian tourism boom with direct flights

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Garuda will fly an Airbus A330 aircraft to Moscow
Garuda will fly an Airbus A330 aircraft to Moscow

Indonesia is hoping to capitalise on the resurgent Russian outbound market with the launch of direct flights between Jakarta and Moscow.

National carrier Garuda Indonesia has revealed that it is planning to launch a new non-stop route between the two capital cities this summer. The move was announced by Garuda’s CEO & president, Arif Wibowo, at a meeting with Russian Ambassador to Indonesia, Mikhail Yurievich Galuzyn and the Indonesian Ambassador to Russia, Wahid Supriyadi.

“We are trying to accelerate plans regarding the launch of direct flights to Moscow in August. We will fly three times a week using wide-body aircraft Airbus A330-200,” said Arif.

The launch of direct flights it expected to lead to an increase in Russian arrivals to Indonesia, which are projected at 100,000 visits in 2017. This follows double-digit growth in 2016.

Garuda is also planning to launch flights to the US in 2017, with services from Jakarta to Los Angeles via Tokyo also due to commence mid-year.

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