Subject: AN: RI, E Timor Seeking to Open Direct Flights


January 28, 2004 8:03pm Antara

Jakarta, Jan 27 (ANTARA) - Indonesia and East Timor plan to open regular direct flights to increase economic cooperation between the two countries.

The director of air transportation of the directorate general of communication of the ministry of communication, Eddy Wibowo, said that talks had been done in Bali on Monday attended by officials from the ministry of communication and flight operators from the two countries.

Eddy said PT Merpati Nusantara Airlines had so far served only between Denpasar (Bali) and Dili, East Timor, seven times a week.

"We would make the route more formal," he said adding other airlines serving the route so far had only used chartered planes.

Eddy said that the flight cooperation to be done later would be based upon a reciprocal system in line with the two sides' demands and capability.

"We have already given a sign of agreement but the Timor Leste delegation has not yet given any decision because they still need to discuss it further with their parliament," he said.

Besides passenger flights he said Indonesia had also seen the potential of cargo flights between the two countries.


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