Indonesian yacht agents, Asia Pacific Superyachts, has successfully worked with the Indonesian Transport Minister to provide exceptions to private jets wishing to land in Indonesia.
A change in government aviation regulations in 2015 meant no foreign private jets have been able to fly domestically within Indonesia, limiting the means of travel to superyachts in the region.
Komodo and Raja Ampat, the two most popular destinations in Indonesia, have airports that are both classified as domestic, with private jets unable to travel to these airports. This situation has created logistical headaches for APS and even had led to visiting yacht cancellations.
The APS Indonesia team submitted a detailed report to the Indonesian Transport Minister earlier in 2016, where the wheels were put in motion to make an exception to the regulation for superyachts and clients of APS Indonesia.
The exception was approved and APS Indonesia has been able to obtain permits for five landings to date, in what they call ‘a major breakthrough that has resulted in some very happy owners and captains’.
Thomas Taatjes, APS Operations Manager commented, "It has been far from ideal, time is tight and Indonesia is big. Diversions don't work so well. So being able to land in these key places again is absolutely brilliant for us and our clients. We are so grateful to the Indonesian Government for listening to us and working with us to fix this issue without having to alter their aviation policy. That is a really big thing."
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