Jeju Air to Open Direct Manado-South Korea Flight in Tourism Bid

South Korea’s Jeju Air has inked a deal with the North Sulawesi administration to offer direct flights between Manado and South Korea. Jeju Air CEO Kim E-bae and North Sulawesi Governor Olly Dondokambey signed the agreement at the Indonesian ambassador’s residence in Seoul on Friday.
“I’m very grateful because we are sure that our company can help with Korean and Indonesian economic development. We will try our best to open direct flights to Manado, Bali, Lombok, Jakarta and Yogyakarta,” Kim said, noting that such flights were in the pipeline.
Olly said North Sulawesi was well situated for the deal, being only five hours by plane from South Korea, and he expressed hope that the flight route could boost tourism for both North Sulawesi and South Korea.
“What makes North Sulawesi ideal is how relatively close it is to South Korea. North Sulawesi’s location and geostrategy offer benefits for water transportation to and from Bitung Harbor, which is not far from Sam Ratulangi Airport. Manado people love to travel. So, this deal is beneficial to both parties. I hope Mr. Kim and the Busan Authority can come to North Sulawesi in the near future to see other potential projects we can work on together because Manado and South Korea have a lot of similarities. For example, you have a lot of ginseng plants, and liquors too,” said Olly.
Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno said the new route could increase international tourists’ awareness of attractions near Manado, particularly Likupang, a government “super priority” tourist destination. “The Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry fully supports the signing of this deal, as it can have a multiplier effect in the future for tourism and the creative economy in North Sulawesi. This route can serve as an opportunity for local creative industry players to showcase quality products and services to South Korean tourists,” Sandiaga said.

September20, 2022, The Jakarta Post