Garuda Indonesia picks Bintan as its regional base

Move set to give Bintan Airport economic boost and serve as a gateway to Riau

From left to right: Mr Gianto Gunara, Executive Director Gallant Venture, Skip one person, Mr Eugene Park, CEO, Gallant Venture, Mr Hj Mohd Sani, Governor Riau Islands, Mr MS Hidayat Minister of Industry, Republic of Indonesia, Mr Emirsyah Satar, CEO, Garuda Indonesia. Photo: Courtesy of Bintan Resorts International

From left to right: Mr Gianto Gunara, Executive Director Gallant Venture, Skip one person, Mr Eugene Park, CEO, Gallant Venture, Mr Hj Mohd Sani, Governor Riau Islands, Mr MS Hidayat Minister of Industry, Republic of Indonesia, Mr Emirsyah Satar, CEO, Garuda Indonesia. Photo: Courtesy of Bintan Resorts International

Bintan Island is set to get an added economic and tourism boost with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 11 February 2014 between Gallant Venture Ltd and Garuda Indonesia Tbk.

Responsible for developing the special economic zone of Bintan Resorts, Gallant Venture’s MOU with the national carrier will better connect the tourism destination with major cities in Indonesia, provide an international visitor gateway into Riau and develop Bintan as a significant aircraft maintenance centre for Garuda’s fleets and its alliance partners.

The MOU was signed by Mr Eugene Park, CEO of Gallant Venture and Mr Emirsyah Satar, CEO of Garuda Indonesia at the Singapore Airshow 2014.

According to Bintan Resorts International, the agreement between the two companies will see the development of vital air links, both locally between Bintan and the rest of Indonesia, as well as international destinations.

Under the agreement, both sides will also co-operate on a dedicated airport terminal for Garuda Indonesia to serve the carrier and its partners.

On the part of Garuda Indonesia, the national carries will promote Bintan as an international tourism destination and support to develop its connectivity both outbound and inbound.

The integrated airport terminal will connect to an adjoining ferry terminal which will handle ferry connections in the region, including BatamIsland and Singapore.

Adjoining the Airport area, will be the Bintan AerospaceIndustryPark which is within the free trade and special economic zone.

This is expected to give beneficial enhancement for commercial operations of the aviation industry.

Bintan Resorts International said with this development, Bintan Resorts is set to be even more accessible and desirable as a tourism destination and an attractive investment location for those keen on tapping into the fast expanding travel and tourism markets in the Asia Pacific region.

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