Cengkareng — Garuda Indonesia will launch direct three-weekly flights — operated with an Airbus 330-200 from Jakarta to Moscow in August this year. Speaking during the signing of MoU in Jakarta, Russian ambassador to Indonesia, Mikhail Galuzyn, said:
“Realization of the direct flight plan between Russia and Indonesia has become one of our main priorities in the effort to increase the numbers of tourists who visit Russia.”
The new Moscow service is projected to increase the number of Indonesian citizens to Russia from 14,000 travelers in 2015. At the same time, the direct flights are expected to improve Russian tourist visits into Indonesia to 100,000 in 2017. In the first half of 2016 the number of Russian tourist arrivals to Indonesia increased 14 percent year-on-year.
Aside from Moscow, the Indonesian flag carrier will also launch a Jakarta-Los Angeles service via Tokyo in the middle of this year.
Source: TTG Asia