S. Korea, Indonesia to open up flights connecting their regional airports

South Korea and Indonesia have agreed to allow airlines to freely operate flights between their regional airports, Seoul's transport ministry said Friday. In their latest bilateral aviation talks Wednesday, the two sides agreed to free up flight routes between six regional cities of both countries, the ministry said. According to the agreement, airlines can now freely operate flights between airports in six South Korean cities -- Busan, Daegu, Cheongju, Jeju, Muan and Yangyang -- and Indonesia's Batam, Manado, Lombok, Yogyakarta, Balikpapan and Kertajati. The two sides also agreed to establish two new flight routes between South Korea's Incheon and Indonesia's Batam and Manado, as well as two additional routes connecting regional cities in South Korea to Jakarta and Bali. They also agreed to allow airlines of both countries to freely forge code-sharing deals involving flights to Indonesia's popular tourist destination of Bali. The ministry said the agreement is expected to alleviate the current inconven iences of having to depart only from Incheon for direct flights to Indonesia while contributing to the vitalization of regional airports in South Korea. Source: Yonhap News Agency