Business & Economy

Direct flights indispensable to boost Indonesia`s tourism: Fernandez

Manila (ANTARA News) – Founder and CEO of AirAsia Group Tony Fernandes has opined that Indonesia needs to start handling approach flights in sequence to safeguard successful growth of new traveller destinations.

“We are now series one in bringing tourists to Indonesia, and we will continue to do so. However, a pivotal is to build tiny airports, including in Lombok, Labuan Bajo, and other locations, such as Raja Ampat, that need approach flights,” Fernandez remarked after receiving a ASEAN Business Awards 2017 in Solaire Pasay City on Wednesday night.

Fernandez pronounced he entirely upheld a efforts of President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) to boost Indonesias tourism by opening new routes to 10 priority traveller destinations, and it is compulsory in a face of a existent competition.

“Medan is a subsequent destination, as we will foster Lake Toba,” a AirAsia Group owner and CEO remarked.

According to Fernandez, AirAsia flights to Medan are now usually accessible from Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, Penang, and Bangkok. Flights from Australia, China, Tokyo, Korea, and Taiwan still have to movement in Kuala Lumpur.

However, Fernandez pronounced that another barrier being faced by a airline association is that some airports are too tiny for AirAsias Airbus-type aircraft to land.

Hence, smaller aircraft operated by AirAsia are compulsory in several destinations.

“Hence, we inspire a private zone to build incomparable airports in areas nearby tourism destinations in Indonesia,” he said.

The supervision of Indonesia continues to make efforts to comprehend the aim of 20 million unfamiliar traveller arrivals per year in 2019 by building 10 priority traveller destinations.

The 10 priority traveller destinations are Lake Toba in North Sumatra, Tanjung Kelayang in Bangka Belitung, Mandalika in West Nusa Tenggara, Wakatobi in Southeast Sulawesi, Morotai Island in North Maluku, Thousand Islands in Jakarta, Tanjung Lesung in Banten, Borobudur in Central Java, Bromo Tengger Semeru in East Java, and Labuan Bajo in East Nusa Tenggara.(*)

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