Garuda Indonesia airline starts flying to Timor-Leste

18 June 2014

Indonesian airline Garuda Indonesia plans to launch flights to Timor-Leste (East Timor) on 1 July after it was authorised by the Timorese government to do so, the director of National Civil Aviation, Romaldo António da Silva said.

Merpati Nusantara Airlines, another Indonesian airline suspended flights to Timor-Leste at the beginning of the year due to internal problems, and Garuda Indonesia will now provide a three-way route between Bali, Dili and Darwin, in Australia.

According to Romaldo da Silva, cited by the Portuguese News Network, the Garuda Indonesia service is limited by the conditions of the international airport in the Timor-Leste capital, whose runway is very short.

At the moment only Sriwijaya Air, of Indonesia, flies between Dili and Bali and the Dili-Darwin route is offered by Australian airline Airnorth. (macauhub/TL)