Garuda to Fly to Moscow Soon

Garuda to Fly to Moscow Soon

Garuda Indonesia, the country's flag carrier, plans to start direct flights to Moscow in August, in a move to attract Russian tourists to Indonesia, president director M. Arif Wibowo.

Arif announced the plan after a meeting in Jakarta with Russian Ambassador Mikhail Yurievich Galuzyn and Indonesian Ambassador to Russia Wahid Supriyadi.

"We are trying to accelerate our maiden flight in August as we plan to fly [to Moscow] three times a week with an A330-200 wide-body aircraft," Arif said in a statement.

He said the new route is expected to increase the number of Russian tourists to more than 100,000 this year.

Garuda Indonesia Boeing 777-300ER | Avsim Library
Garuda Indonesia Boeing 777-300ER | Avsim Library


Nearly 70,000 Russians visited Indonesia in January-November last year, up 20 percent from the same period a year earlier, according to the latest data from the Ministry of Tourism. Meanwhile, 14,000 Indonesians visited Russia in 2015.

The Jakarta-Moscow route is part of Garuda's 2017 expansion plan. The airline has earlier announced it will also fly from Jakarta to Los Angeles via Tokyo.

According to the Russian ambassador, the availability of direct flights to Moscow should improve the relations between the two countries, especially in the economy and tourism sectors.

The Jakarta Globe

Akhyari Hananto

I began my career in the banking industry in 1997, and stayed approx 6 years in it. This industry boost his knowledge about the economic condition in Indonesia, both macro and micro, and how to More understand it. My banking career continued in Yogyakarta when I joined in a program funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB),as the coordinator for a program aimed to help improve the quality of learning and teaching process in private universities in Yogyakarta. When the earthquake stroke Yogyakarta, I chose to join an international NGO working in the area of ?disaster response and management, which allows me to help rebuild the city, as well as other disaster-stricken area in Indonesia. I went on to become the coordinator for emergency response in the Asia Pacific region. Then I was assigned for 1 year in Cambodia, as a country coordinator mostly to deliver developmental programs (water and sanitation, education, livelihood). In 2009, he continued his career as a protocol and HR officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya, and two years later I joined the Political and Economic Section until now, where i have to deal with extensive range of people and government officials, as well as private and government institution troughout eastern Indonesia. I am the founder and Editor-in-Chief in Good News From Indonesia (GNFI), a growing and influential social media movement, and was selected as one of The Most Influential Netizen 2011 by The Marketeers magazine. I also wrote a book on "Fundamentals of Disaster Management in 2007"?, "Good News From Indonesia : Beragam Prestasi Anak Bangsa di dunia"? which was luanched in August 2013, and "Indonesia Bersyukur"? which is launched in Sept 2013. In 2014, 3 books were released in which i was one of the writer; "Indonesia Pelangi Dunia"?, "Indonesia The Untold Stories"? and "Growing! Meretas Jalan Kejayaan" I give lectures to students in lectures nationwide, sharing on full range of issues, from economy, to diplomacy Less
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