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Citilink to open direct flight from Jakarta to Phnom Penh

News Desk

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Tue, May 28, 2019  /  04:36 pm
Citilink to open direct flight from Jakarta to Phnom Penh

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.

Read also: Citilink after tourists, students with new route from Surabaya to Kuala Lumpur

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)