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Korean Air chartered planes to start flying to Lombok in July

  • Panca Nugraha

    The Jakarta Post

Mataram   /   Mon, July 3, 2017   /   09:20 pm
Korean Air chartered planes to start flying to Lombok in July Hundreds of people queue in front of air ticket counters at Lombok International Airport in West Nusa Tenggara. (Antara/Ahmad Subaidi)

Chartered planes owned by Korean Air will begin flying to Lombok International Airport in West Nusa Tenggara starting on July 29.

Seven planes will fly from Incheon Airport in Seoul, South Korea, between July and October, West Nusa Tenggara tourism agency head Lalu Mohammad Faozal said in Mataram on Monday.

“We have received a letter from the Korean Air management to inform us about a plan of the Airbus 330-200 plane to fly to Lombok on July 29,” Lalu told The Jakarta Post.

The letter was signed by Korean Air general manager of the Southeast Asia/Oceania route network center, passenger network and sales Sangwook Bae, Lalu said.

The seven flights are part of a pilot project that, if considered successful, might be followed up with the opening of regular flights by Korean Air from Incheon Airport to Lombok International Airport, he added.

The number of Korean tourists to Lombok increased in recent months, boosted by the television broadcast of a Korean drama in the country. Scenes of the show were filmed in Lombok and Gili Trawangan, also in West Nusa Tenggara.

The number of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian and Singaporean tourists to Lombok increased significantly in 2016, with Malaysian tourists comprising the largest number with 12,000 per month because of Air Asia's decision to schedule flights three times a day from Kuala Lumpur to Lombok, Lalu said. (bbn)