UAE and Indonesia 45 years of cooperation strategic relationships and growing partnerships

28 Apr 2021
UAE and Indonesia 45 years of cooperation strategic relationships and growing partnerships


Adnan Kazim
Chief Commercial Officer, Emirates Airline


Emirates relationship with the Republic of Indonesia has been a story of growth and success, and we are committed to helping further UAE-Indonesian bilateral trade growth, and the development of the Indonesian aviation industry. 
Emirates has been serving Indonesia for almost 30 years, and it is one of our most important markets in Southeast Asia. Prior to the pandemic Emirates operated 28 weekly flights to our two gateways Jakarta and Denpasar-Bali. 
Since the outset of the pandemic, Emirates has been gradually restoring our network connectivity, and today we serve Jakarta with daily flights and hope to resume flights to Bali when conditions allow.  We look forward to progressively serving the country’s growing demand for air travel services in the future, and restoring the strong leisure and business traffic between Indonesia and the UAE, in turn helping to develop tourism and trade opportunities between both countries. 
Indonesia has long been popular with travelers from across the Middle East and GCC, and strong inbound tourism from many Gulf countries has been supported and boosted by connectivity from airlines like Emirates. In the reverse direction, Emirates has been helping connect Indonesian business and leisure traffic to key commercial and tourism hubs across the Americas, Africa, Europe and Middle East.
By providing robust and reliable cargo connectivity between Indonesia, Dubai and a network spanning more than 130 global destinations during the COVID-19 pandemic, Emirates SkyCargo’s four freighter flights, in addition to its passenger belly hold capacity, has continued to support high-value Indonesian exports like medical equipment and pharmaceuticals bound for international markets. At the same time, it has provided a channel for imports for various industries to keep international trade lanes open.