Direct Flight Shanghai-Jayapura? Really?

National airline company Garuda Indonesia has been exploring possibilities of Papua-China flights to support the Master Plan for Acceleration and Expansion of Economic Development (MP3EI).

General Manager of Garuda Timika Office Nano Setiawan said in Beijing Wednesday that besides the MP3EI plan for the Papua-China flights, there is also a plan to accelerate the development of Papua and West Papua as the East is an important hub.

“Garuda will facilitate the traffic movements between the two countries in the development of the economy and tourism,” Setiawan said. Garuda Timika and Biak offices and several travel agents are making trips to Beijing and Guangzhou.

With regard to Garuda’s strategy for increasing the comfort of Chinese tourists to Papua in the long trip, he said the long hauls to Papua will be combined with other destinations, such as the package from Jakarta, Jogya, Denpasar and then Papua.

The flights to China by Garuda Indonesia have always been via Jakarta.

Beijing General Manager of Garuda Asa Perkasa said the Jakarta-Beijing flights will be five times a week, Jakarta-Guangzhou and Jakarta-Shanghai flights every day.

On the flights to Papua he said Garuda flies on the Jayapura-Biak-Makassar-Jakarta or Jayapura-Timika-Denpasar-Jakarta routes. ”With the route from Papua there will be a connection to Australia, Korea and Japan via Denpasar,” he said.

He added that with the route, flights from Papua can also reach Europe, China and Asean via Jakarta,”.


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