An Indonesian military jet takes off from Juwata International Airport in Tarakan, North Kalimantan on May 30, 2016. Indonesia plans to allow foreign private jets to fly to two or more international airports in Indonesia, in favor of encouraging business and leisure travel. (Antara Photo/Fadlansyah)

Indonesia to Allow Private Jets to Fly to More Airports in Indonesia

BY :DION BISARA & NURJONI

AUGUST 18, 2016

Jakarta. The Transport Ministry is reviewing plans to allow foreign private jets to fly to two or more international airports in Indonesia, in favor of encouraging business and leisure travel to boost investment and tourism.

Under current rules, a foreign private jet to flying from abroad into Indonesian airspace is only allowed to choose one of 17 international airports in Indonesia as their destination.

It also needs to acquire flight clearance that includes diplomatic a clearance from the Foreign Ministry, security clearances from the Indonesian Military and flight approval from Transport Ministry.

While the clearance requirement is likely to remain, a private jet would be able to fly to more destinations in the country, Transport Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said on Tuesday (16/08).

"The point is we want to make it simple for business people to travel to Indonesia ... while at the same time it is accountable in terms of legality," Budi said.

Budi Karya also noted that some high-spending tourists prefer to travel in private jet and the new rule would enable them to explore more destinations in Indonesia.

The government has been pushing deregulation in the past eleven months in order to attract more foreign investment, which account for two-thirds of $45 billion the country's investment target for this year. 

National Development Planning Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro said earlier that the government seeks to double down on the deregulation efforts in order to achieve its 5.3 percent economic growth target next year.

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