DILI, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Australian airline Austasia Airlines Pty Ltd
made its first commercial flight from Singapore to East Timor’s
capital Dili on Friday, hoping to cash in as more tourists and
investors visit Asia’s youngest country.
“This will make it easy for investors who want to come to East
Timor,” said President Jose Ramos-Horta, who was on board the
Perth-based airline’s flight.
East Timor will also work with Singapore’s government to advertise
its tourist attractions in Singapore in the hope of attracting more
tourists from the region, said Gil da Costa Alves, East Timor’s
minister for trade, industry and tourism.
Indonesia’s Merpati airline flies between the Indonesian resort
island of Bali and East Timor.
Austasia will fly once a week in August, increasing the frequency of
flights to three times a week in September.
East Timor became independent in 2002 after it was invaded and
occupied by Indonesia. It is still struggling to achieve political
stability and prosperity despite its rich oil and gas resources.
(Reporting by Lirio Fonseca; Writing by Olivia Rondonuwu; Editing
by Sara Webb)
Joyo Indonesia News Service