“The Garuda flights towards Manokwari and Sorong is in line with West Papua’s aim of developing its tourism potential to draw local and foreign tourists," he said. "I hope the flight can provide access by air to more parts of Papua.”
Tourism in Papua and West Papua are long hampered by the ongoing insurgency that has pitted Free Papua Movement separatists against Indonesian military and police forces, the frequently unfavorable terrain, and high cost of tickets to go there from Jakarta.
The two provinces are also off limits to foreigners, despite President Joko Widodo's assertions to the contrary.
(Writer: Yohana Artha Uly | Editor: Ambaranie Nadia Kemala Movanita)
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