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Govt allocates Rp 500 billion in subsidies for pioneer flights to remote areas

  • Riza Roidila Mufti

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, January 13, 2020   /  06:23 pm
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A Cessna Caravan aircraft operated by PT Spirit Avia Sentosa (Flying SAS) sits on an apron, ready to travel to Papua.(Tribunnews.com/File)

The Transportation Ministry will continue to provide subsidies to airlines that operate “pioneer” flights to and from rural areas as part of a government program on improving the connectivity of isolated areas. In 2020, the ministry will allocate Rp 500 billion (US$ 35.94 million) to subsidize pioneer flights serving passengers and cargo services in remote areas in Sulawesi, Maluku and Madura. The pioneer flights, known locally as penerbangan perintis, refer to economically unviable flights between cities and frontier areas.  “It is part of the government’s commitment to improving the connectivity of remote and border areas. Hopefully, this program can provide transportation that allows access to rural areas, especially frontier areas that can only be reached by air,” Civil Aviation Directorate General director Polana B. Pramesti said in Jakarta o...