Tourism Ministry Arief Yahya said they have spoken with the managing director of Thai Lion Air Mentari Co Ltd, captain Darsito Hendroseputro, about the flight adding new flight routes from Thailand to secondary cities across Indonesia, such as Surakarta in Central Java.
The two met at a World Travel and Tourism Council (WTCC) event in Bangkok that went on April 25-27.
“There are still landing slot machines available for international flights [in Surakarta], inches Arief said.
Darsito decided to the request and said he would care for the landing slots in both Don Mueang International Airport in Thailand, and Adisumarmo International Airport in Surakarta.
“Thailand itself welcomed 30 million foreign tourists; 10 , 000, 000 from China. Meanwhile, plane tickets to Jakarta only take three hours and around four hours to Bali, so it’s very ideal, ” added Arief.
Darsito said that there was a brand new trend among China tourists to travel to more than one country or city. From the 10 million Chinese tourists visiting Thailand, he is confident that the business could convince at least 10 percent or 1 million of them to take flight to Central Java.
“We have flights from twelve cities in China to Thailand. We have already been operating 26 aircraft for four years and heading to add two more in 2017, so there’ll be 28 airplanes in total, ” he extra. (kes)