"Thank God, on Friday, June 14, 2019, TransNusa Airlines began operating on the Kupang-Dili international route," Kupang-Dili route's General Manager at the El Tari Kupang Airport, Barata Singgih Riwahono, noted in a written statement received by Antara here on Friday.
Riwahono confirmed that his company had held an event to inaugurate the operations of the special flight for which the attendees comprised TransNusa airline owner Leo Budiman and TransNusa President Director Risnandi Saepurahman, who lauded the commencement of international flight services.
Riwahono expounded that ATR 72-600 type aircraft, with a capacity to accommodate close to 78 people, began operations on Friday, June 14, 2019, at 8:55 local time from the El Tari Kupang Airport to Nicolau Lobato Airport, Dili.
Flight services, connecting two different cities, will be available twice a week on Monday and Friday.
Riwahono remarked that as the airport manager, he expressed gratitude to TransNusa Air Service for jointly strengthening the industry when its conditions were declining again.
He pointed to the downward trend in the use of flight services also observed during the 2019 Eid al-Fitr holiday period.
"Hence, the commencement of flight services on this international route comes as a breath of fresh air for the aviation industry to restore the passion," he affirmed.
Riwahono reiterated that his side had consistently striven to invite airlines to expand operations by operating on new routes, so that the province's transportation services would become more adequate to support various development sectors.
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