The Jakarta Post
A Korean Air flight landed safely at Lombok International Airport (LIA) in Central Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), on Saturday, the inaugural flight of its new Incheon–LIA direct route service. The airplane carried 194 tourists.
Representatives of the Tourism Ministry, the NTB Tourism Ministry, the Central Lombok administration and state-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura I put on a welcome ceremony to mark the inaugural landing of the Korean Air plane at the airport.
NTB Tourism Agency head Lalu Mohammad Faozal said Korean Air’s direct flight from Seoul, South Korea, to Lombok on Saturday was the first of seven chartered flights scheduled until October.
“With the seven chartered flights, we are targeting to receive 1,400 Korean tourists who will enjoy tourist destinations in Lombok.”
The 194 tourists who arrived on Saturday will be served by three tour agencies, namely Anjani Tour, Matahari Tour and Naru Tour. “Most of them will stay at 12 hotels in Senggigi, while 20 tourists will stay at Villa Ombak in Gili Trawangan,” said Faozal.
The Tourism Ministry’s Asia Pacific promotion director Vinsensius Jemadu said the opening of Korean Air’s Seoul-Lombok service could not be separated from the visit of Tourism Minister Arif Yahya to South Korea in May 2016.
Vinsen said there was a chance that Korean Air would transform its direct flight service to Lombok into a regular flight service. (ebf)