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Emirates to Increase Flights to Jakarta

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Emirates airline is building its existing operations to Jakarta with the introduction of a double-daily service, effective 1 March 2010. Presently, Emirates operates 11 flights a week to the Indonesian capital city.

The three additional flights will be operated on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, using the Boeing 777 family aircraft in two-class configurations. The expansion will introduce over 2600 seats per week.

The growth in services follows the recent launch of an additional flight in December 2009, underscoring the increased economic and cultural ties between the UAE and Indonesia.

Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations Far East and Australasia, Mr. Richard Jewsbury said, ďIndonesia is gaining popularity among Middle East travellers, demonstrated by a 20% annual growth in arrivals from the region. On its part the government has taken several steps to promote inbound tourism including visa on arrival for travellers from many Gulf countries. Also, several thousand Indonesians live and work in Dubai and require air transport to visit their homeland.Ē

Indonesian exports of textiles, leather products, fruit, fish, medical and computer equipment will benefit from the increased access to global markets. Likewise, imports of chemicals, cosmetics, machine parts and foodstuff will receive a boost as cargo-carrying capacity escalates by 27% to 233 tonnes per week per direction.

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