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Jakarta Post

Mimika starts new plane, ferry, tankers

  • Markus Makur

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, December 3 2008   /  11:11 am

The Mimika administration in Papua started operating an airplane, a landing craft ferry and two fresh water tankers Tuesday to serve residents in the regency. Acting Mimika regent Athanasius Allo Rafra officiated the launch of the three different transportation modes at Moses Kilangin Airport in Timika. The launch was attended by Mimika Legislative Council Speaker Yoseph Yopi Kilangin, a number of high-ranking local officials as well as religious and community leaders. Timika bishop Mgr. John Philip Saklil was there to christen the plane during a brief ceremony. The plan underwent a one-month trial at airstrips in the regency and the central mountains region. The Transportation Ministry issued an operation license for the plane -- the first ever to operate in the regency -- in response to the public's expectations for transportation modes. The regency...