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More air rights between Indonesia and China
Mimi Hudoyo, Jakarta

Mimi Hudoyo, Jakarta  
(11th Jan 2005)

INDONESIA and China has agreed to give each other air rights for both countries' airline companies to fly to additional three cities.

With the bilateral agreement made in Jakarta recently, airlines from both countries can now fly to six cities.

Department of Communications director of air transportation, Mr Santoso Edi Wibowo, said: “We have opened three points: Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai, now we have the rights to open three more points, which we are still studying. We are seeking in put from the airlines and the industry tourism included to determine this.”

The agreement has also allowed double the current frequencies, from 21 times a week to 42 times, Mr Wibowo said.

He said the rights to fly to China was not only given to Garuda Indonesia, but also open for other private airline companies. “In fact, we are encouraging the many Indonesian airline companies to expand their wings regionally,” Mr Wibowo said.

In the mean time, Department of Foreign Affairs has also planned to open a consulate general in Shanghai within six months to assist travellers from the area with visa applications.

Department of Foreign Affairs secretary general, Mr Sudjadnan Parnohadiningrat, said: “With this, travellers can process their visas in Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai.”

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