Tourist sector hoping for open-skies policy for Indonesia

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JAKARTA--Indonesia's embattledtourism industry is hoping an open-skiespolicy could have tourist numbers soaringagain as fearful foreign tourists stayaway.

A draft plan for the policy has been submitted to the tourism, arts and cultureministry, according to Feisol Hashim, VPof the Indonesian Hotel and RestaurantAssociation. Currently, scheduled foreignflights are restricted to Jakarta, Baliand several other major cities. Charteredaircraft may fly to designated airports butmust return immediately to their points ofdeparture without picking up new passengers.The tourist sector's proposal would allowairlines to pick up passengers at particularairports before flying onto other destinations in the country.

Copyright February 1999, Crain Communications Inc.

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