Dili, East Timor, 17 Aug – Air transport company Austasia Airlines said Monday in a statement that it would change its name to Air Timor.
The announcement came a few days after Indonesian airline Merpati said it would soon launch flights between Dili and the main city on the Indonesian side of the island, Cupang, and the publication of a project to create a Timorese flagship airline, with Portuguese involvement, called Timor Airlines (TLA).
Timor’s economic growth and the prospect of new developments in the oil industry are raising new interest in commercial flights to and from Dili, and even internal flights, which are part of the plans both of Austasia, now Air Timor, and of Timor Airlines, which s being set up.
According to the statement from Austasia Airlines, which in November 2009 set up its Dili office as a Timor-registered company, the airline, “was given approval to change its name to Air Timor” and was accepted into the International Air Transport Association (IATA), “which attributed a company code of C6, for all of Air Timor’s international flights.”
The airline currently carries out a flight between Dili and Singapore, twice a week, using Silkair’s A319 aircraft, and planned to increase its offer to three flights per week in March, which has yet to go ahead.
The airline’s strategy of setting itself up in East Timor began some time ago with the restructuring of the company, with the Dili office taking on a principal role, in comparison to its Singapore and Perth offices. (macauhub)