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Indonesia to open 35 new air routes


Published on Jan 10, 2012

Government awards flying rights and financial subsidies to three domestic airlines...

Aviation authorities in Indonesia announced the addition of 35 new air routes opening up more remote parts of the country. The government this week announced that three domestic carriers - Merpati Airlines, Nusantara Buana Air and Susi Air - have been awarded the rights to serve the new, so-called ‘pioneer routes’, and have been offered substantial financial grants to do so.

According to the Jakarta Post, Merpati secured 10 routes in Sabu, East Nusa Tenggara and West Papua, with a IDR32.1 billion (US$3.5 million) subsidy from the ministry. Nusantara Buana Air meanwhile, has bagged 12 pioneer routes in Aceh, North Sumatra and Bengkulu with a IDR34.7 billion grant. Finally, Susi Air has secured more than 13 routes in Aceh, West Kalimantan and East Kalimantan with government support of IDR16.6 billion.

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