The number of Egyptian tourists to Indonesia and Bali may increase if Egyptair agree with plans to commence direct flights to Jakarta. The representative of Egyptair in Jakarta, Malik Aliun, reports that 8,000 Indonesian tourist visited Egypt in 2011 using flights by his airline. This year the airline estimates 10,000 Indonesian tourists will visit Egypt. He added, “If we are successful in persuading Egyptair to open direct flights to Jakarta, we are optimistic that we will achieve 100,000 tourist visitors.” Earlier plans to open direct air service between Cairo and Jakarta were delayed in early 2011 due to political unrest in Egypt. A direct service between the two capitals would almost also certainly increase tourist flows from Egypt to Indonesia.
A connecting flight from the Indonesian capital of Jakarta to Denpasar, Bali would add 1.5 hours flight time to a journeys between Bali and Egypt. The Ambassador to Indonesia from Egypt, Ahmed El Kewaidny, told the press that conditions were now conducive for international tourism after the political unrest of last year. In 2011 there were 1,565 Egyptian tourist visitors to Bali.
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