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Minister Wacik Calls on Government to Speed Up Bi-Lateral Air Negotiations with Singapore.

(7/9/2005) Indonesia's Minister of Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik, has warned the Government that if current negotiations to provide greater air access between Singapore and Indonesia are unnecessarily delayed, official targets to produce 6 million foreign visitors for the Country before the end of 2005 will be under threat.

As reported on balidiscovery.com, [SIA to Fly More Seats to Bali] principled agreements on a ministerial level has been reached that should eventually allow Singapore Airlines more seat capacity to their main Indonesian ports-of-call.

Quoted in the Indonesian-language Bisnis Indonesia, Minister Wacik said: "Clearly, (Singapore air access) influences heavily the number of tourist arrivals as Singapore is a gateway. Because of this, the air negotiations need to be accelerated." The Minister warned that the official target of 6 million foreign visitors for Indonesia for 2005 will be hard to achieve in the absence of a successful conclusion of Singapore air talks now underway.

Admitting that the final say so on air access was the sole prerogative of the Minister of Transportation, Wacik said his Ministry was still hopeful that additional seat capacity between Indonesia and Singapore would soon be realized.