Emirsyah Satar, President & Chief Executive, Garuda Indonesia, believes that Indian aviation industry is huge and India’s tourism industry holds a great potential.”Indian outbound into Indonesia has seen a significant growth over the past five years and there has been a steady flow of Indian leisure and business travellers between India and Indonesia. It is very important for us to have a presence in this market,” he said.

Satar revealed that they are currently analysing and understand Indian tourism market and waiting for government authorisation to take further steps. Their major plan consists of starting flights between India and Indonesia by second half of 2013 and has also signed an agreement with Jet Airways. “We plan to hold workshops to educate the travel trade and help them understand our business to sell better. We are also looking at participating in trade events and travel expos within Asia, particularly in India, to create a buzz among the travel industry,” Satar added.