Batik Air Flies to Timika, Govt Reminds of Safety Issues



Markus Wisnu Murti

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  • TEMPO.CO, JakartaThe Transportation Ministry has responded positively to the inaugural flights of PT Batik Air Indonesia, which are direct flights from Jakarta and Makassar to Timika’s Mozes Kilangin Airport in Papua. These routes will be available daily as of today.

    In light of the opening of the new routes, the ministry’s Director General of Air Transport, Polana B Pramesti, has warned the airliner to priotize safety aspects.

    “The safety of the flights must adhere to the existing rules,” said Polana in a written statement on Monday, October 28. 

    The inaugural flight to Timika, Papua, today from Soekarno-Hatta to Mozes Kilangin Airport was attended by the Director of Air Transport Maria Kristi Endah, Mimika Regent Eltinus Omaleng, airport operational unit (UPBU) head Mozes Kilangin Ambar Suryoko, Timika’s Airnav Indonesia and a representative of PT Lion Air Group's board of directors. 

    Batik Air's flight routes to Mozes Kilangin Airport in Timika are hoped to elevate people’s economy and improve connectivity in general.