The Jakarta Post
Tourists visit the Silver Pagoda at the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. (Reuters/Samrang Pring)
Low-cost carrier Citilink, a subsidiary of national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, will roll out a new direct flight connecting Jakarta and Phnom Penh.
The new route is set to launch in June and will be available three times a week.
Using the Airbus A320 with 180 seats, the initial flight will depart from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten.
“The long-awaited direct flight will be realized this year,” Indonesian Ambassador to Cambodia Sudirman Haseng said in a statement on Saturday.
Thong Khon, Cambodia’s minister of tourism, expressed his appreciation of the direct flight.
“I appreciate the Indonesian government, Indonesian Tourism Ministry, the Indonesian Embassy in Cambodia, Citilink and other parties for their support and participation,” Khon said.
The new service is expected to boost tourism for both countries.
In 2018, around 2 million Cambodians traveled abroad and more than 8,000 visited Indonesia, while over 55,000 Indonesians flew to Cambodia.
Additionally, the new route will be able to facilitate the more than 3,500 Indonesians currently living in Cambodia. (wir/kes)