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Aceh orders airplanes to serve remote areas

  • Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

Bandung   /   Sat, December 14 2019   /  01:54 am

The Aceh government will purchase four N-219 airplanes from state aircraft manufacturer PT Dirgantara Indonesia (DI) to provide better access to the province’s remote areas.The acting governor of Aceh province, Nova Iriansyah, said in Bandung, West Java, on Monday that the 19-seat N-219 airplanes were needed to transport passengers and provide public services to remote areas.A number of airlines once served the province’s regencies, but they later stopped due to a lack of passengers, Nova said following the signing of the purchase agreement at the DI office.Some areas are currently only accessible by land, and it can take 16 hours to reach them. “And that's not including areas separated by water, which require boats,” Nova said.Five out of seven airstrips in Aceh are currently operational, but airlines have flights to them only once or twice a week. They consider flights to the a...