Garuda Indonesia will launch direct thrice-weekly flights – operated with an Airbus A330-200 – from Jakarta to Moscow in August this year.
Speaking during the signing of the MoU in Jakarta, Russian ambassador to Indonesia, Mikhail Galuzyn, said: “Realisation of the direct flight plan between Russia and Indonesia has become one of our main priorities in the effort to increase the numbers of tourists who visit Russia.”
The new Moscow service is projected to increase the number of Indonesian citizens to Russia from 14,000 travellers in 2015.
At the same time, the direct flights are expected to improve Russian tourist visits into Indonesia to 100,000 in 2017. In 1H2016, the number of Russian tourist arrivals to Indonesia increased 14 per cent year-on-year.
Aside from Moscow, the Indonesian flag carrier will also launch a Jakarta-Los Angeles service via Tokyo in the middle of this year.