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Ministry predicts mudik travelers to reach 27 million The number of home-bound travelers during the Idul Fitri Holiday 2014 is expected to reach 27 million, according to a forecast made by the Indonesian Transportation Ministry.

Posted in Travel @ 12 May 2014 18:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Citilink denies planning to acquire Tiger Air Mandala Low-cost airlines Citilink Indonesia had denied speculations that it will acquire Tiger Air Mandala, saying that an acquisition is a complex process. The statement of the Citilink CEO also clarified several news reports about the preparedness of the airline company to acquire Tiger Air Mandala.

Posted in Travel @ 30 April 2014 16:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


East Kalimantan police foil meth, ecstasy smuggling attempt East Kalimantan police foiled an attempt to smuggle crystal methamphetamine and ecstasy drugs at Semayang seaport, Balikpapan, East Kalimanan province, an officer said on Saturday.

Posted in Drugs @ 22 February 2014 23:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Survey: 'Jokowi's electability remains at the top' The electability ratings of Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo as president still tops the list at 31.8 percent, according to a recent survey conducted by Pusat Data Bersatu (PDB) "As vice president, his electability is also high at 14.5 percent," PDB researcher Agus Herta noted while presenting the survey results here on Friday.

Posted in Elections @ 22 February 2014 00:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Batik Air flies to Bali and Yogyakarta Batik Air - the new subsidiary airline of the Lion Group of the well-known airline Lion Air - on Friday, May 17, 2013, introduced services from Jakarta to Yogyakarta and to Denpasar (Bali).

Posted in Travel @ 18 May 2013 09:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Batik Air to offer full service flights from May 3, 2013 Lion Air has officially launched their full service airline called Batik Air, which will begin operations on May 3, 2013 using 737-900ERs. The airline has also signed a commitment with Boeing to order five 787 Dreamliners for the airline, and intends to have them delivered by 2015, the first to order the type since Garuda Indonesia cancelled its firm order for 10 aircraft.

Posted in Travel @ 22 April 2013 14:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Customs authorities foils attempt to smuggle drug The customs authorities of Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, foiled an attempt to smuggle in Rp1 billion worth of drug from Mumbai, India.

Posted in Drugs @ 29 March 2013 11:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Purchase your Indonesia Air tickets through ticketindonesia.info Starting today, ticketindonesia.info has started selling tickets for Indonesian airliner Indonesia Air (PT Indonesia Air Transport) through it's website. This small airline used to be known as IAT, but has gone through a complete reformation since the take-over by the MNC Group. The airline has purchased new planes and offers attractive routes.

Posted in Travel @ 28 February 2013 13:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


BNN exposes nationwide narcotics distribution network The National Narcotics Agency (BNN) in East Java managed to uncover a narcotics distribution ring after the organisation received information from a suspect who was arrested earlier at Surabaya`s Juanda Airport.

Posted in Drugs @ 25 January 2013 22:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Citilink purchases 25 ATR 72-600 planes Citilink, the low-cost subsidiary of Garuda Indonesia, will be ordering an initial 25 ATR 72-600s with an option on an additional 25 aircraft as part of a deal with the French-Italian aircraft manufacturer that will supply aircraft, foreign pilots and maintenance technicians.

Posted in Travel @ 29 December 2012 08:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Nuclear power plant establishment in East Kalimantan' Indonesia`s Research and Technology Minister Gusti Muhammad Hatta is in support of the East Kalimantan (Kaltim) Administration, to establish nuclear power plants (PLTN) in the region. "We hope Kaltim can be a pioneer in alternative energy, which is cheap and abundant," the Minister said in Balikpapan, on Wednesday (Nov 21).

Posted in Power supply @ 22 November 2012 16:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Aircraft forced to land for having no flight permit A US civilian plane was forced to land at Sepinggan airport in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan and is being held at the Air Force base. Base commander Col Djoko Senoputro said here on Monday that the Cessna 208 with flight number N354RM was being held at the air force base.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 01 October 2012 21:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Six airlines offer extra flights during Lebaran Six airlines have offered extra flights in anticipation of increased passenger traffic during the Lebaran holiday season, according to Air Transportation Director General Herry Bhakti.

Posted in Travel @ 07 August 2012 17:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian government sets 2012 haj pilgrimage costs Following long discussions and deliberations, the Religious Ministry and Commission 8 of the House of Representatives set this year`s Haj Pilgrimage Cost (BPIH) at an average of US$ 3,617.

Posted in Religion @ 10 July 2012 13:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda prepares Bombardier planes for Medan hub State-owned airline company PT Garuda Indonesia said it has prepared Bombardier CRJ 1000 planes for flights on the Medan and Makassar hubs starting in November 2012.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 31 March 2012 15:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia ready to grow further Garuda Indonesia is adding 11 new aircraft this year as they expand their air network. At the same time, Garuda is adding 10 airplanes to the armada of their low-cost subsidiary Citilink serving domestic routes.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 26 March 2012 14:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Found: a clean toilet in Indonesia! Yes, it's true, they have found a clean toilet in Indonesia and have awarded it a prize as well. Okay, this is the result of a survey held among a number of airports in Indonesia, but hey, you have to start somewhere. And ask yourself, do you also hate it when you have to visit a dirty airport toilet because the queue for the plane toilets was just too long just before landing?

Posted in Culture @ 28 September 2011 04:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three Koreans arrested with dummy bombs On Monday, the airport police at Soekarno Hatta International Airport in Cengkareng, Banten, arrested three Korean nationals who were carrying bomb replicas. The officers also confiscated what seemed to be detonators, cables and explosive materials packed into a special bag.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 08 August 2011 14:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Religious radio station to end national anthem ban Officials have prodded a religious-based community radio station in Balikpapan to resume broadcasting the national anthem as required by law.

Posted in Religion @ 13 June 2011 05:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda cancels flights due to ongoing system problems Continuing problems with Garuda Indonesia's new automated crew rotation system resulted in the cancellation of 11 flights and the delays of another six, officials said Tuesday.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 23 November 2010 19:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Accor to open 16 new hotels in Indonesia by 2012 International hotel operator Accor plans to open 16 new hotels across Indonesia by 2012 to support its expansion plan in the countryís growing hotel industry, says an executive of the hotel chain.

Posted in Travel @ 28 May 2010 02:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mandala Air flies to Singapore, Hong Kong en Macau Mandala Air has announced it will open up a number of new international routes next month. New flights will bring visitors from and to Macau, Hong Kong and Singapore from Jakarta and Balikpapan. With attractive ticket prices promotion for the new routes has just started. From June 25 the new routes will be fully operational.

Posted in Travel @ 20 May 2010 12:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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Posted in Website @ 26 February 2010 06:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dengue outbreak hits Balikpapan Two people have died and 176 others have been treated in hospital in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan since December 2009 after being infected with dengue fever. Balikpapan mayoralty health agency head Diyah Muryani said Tuesday the dengue outbreak was already out of control.

Posted in Health @ 13 January 2010 04:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Internet facilitates illegal kidney trade in Indonesia Thomas, 30, said mounting debt forced him to take the desperate step of selling a kidney on the internet for 300 million rupiah (25.000 euro). "I have to take my chances because that's the only way I can get the money to pay off my debt," Thomas, who declined to give his surname, told.

Posted in Health @ 12 January 2010 02:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


157 cases of Mexican Flu in Indonesia Swine flu cases which were found in Indonesia for the first time late last month, have continued to increase and spread to other regions, the Ministry of Health said. The ministry in a press release said on Thursday it had recorded 15 new cases so that the total number of patients suspected to have contracted the H1N1 strain of virus had reached 157.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 17 July 2009 06:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


52 cases of Mexican flu in Indonesia Confirmed cases of swine flu in Indonesia have nearly doubled, with the national total standing at 52, Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari said on Thursday. Three foreigners were among 24 new cases of (A)H1N1, which included a dozen confirmed human-to-human transmissions, Supari told. All the patients were being treated in hospitals in the capital Jakarta, the tourist island of Bali and Balikpapan city in East Kalimantan province, she said.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 11 July 2009 03:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two Balikpapan residents suspected of contracted H1N1 After there was just one case of suspected Mexican Flu in one South African national living in Balikpapan, Kalimantan, the provincial health services have now said that two Indonesians in Balikpapan might also have contracted the H1N1 flu virus. The two are being surveyed, but don't receive any special medical attention thus far.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 07 July 2009 09:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pig farms in Balikpapan have to close in 2010 The city government of Balikpapan has decided to close down all pig farms within the city limits of the city in eastern Kalimantan in 2010. Farmers are given one year to prepare themselves for the closure. Based on information of the city government, there are currently 40 pig farms in the area. On average there are somewhere between 100 and 150 pigs in each farm.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 07 May 2009 11:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda expands regional route network Bisnis.com reports that Garuda Indonesia will open 18 new regional routes commencing January 16, 2009. Pujobroto, the Airline's Corporate Vice-President, depicted the opening of the new routes as part of Garuda's overall growth plan. "The development of the new routes will be supported by 14 new Boeing 737NG that will begin gradually arriving in mid-2009," explained the Garuda official.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 10 January 2009 08:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods hit Balikpapan Thousands of residents in Balikpapan, eastern Kalimantan, are forced to evacuate. They had to leave their homes because their neighborhoods are flooded after heavy rains hit the city. At least seven of the 27 areas of Balikpapan are hit, among them are; Samarinda, Damai, Gunung Guntur, and Bahagia. The floods reach up to one meter in most places.

Posted in Flooding @ 06 July 2008 03:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mandala offers more connections from new Bali air hub Indonesia's Mandala Airlines have announced three new routes from their new secondary air hub of Bali with the addition of Denpasar-Jogjakarta, Denpasar-Banjarmasin (Kalimantan) and Denpasar-Balikpapan (Kalimantan) - effective October 1, 2007.

Posted in General @ 22 September 2007 10:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gasoline shortage hits Bali A number of gas stations were forced to temporarily suspend operations when new supplies of premium gasoline failed to arrive in Bali. The shortage, which lasted for 3- 4 days during the second week of May 2007, was blamed for 30-40 minute lines at the gas stations that stayed open to distribute diminishing fuel supplies.

Posted in General @ 20 May 2007 06:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Chinese observe lunar New Year throughout Indonesia Ethnic Chinese throughout Indonesia celebrate the Chinese New Year today. Many of them will bring a visit to temples for praying to their gods and ancestors. The Dharma Bhakti, Sam Njan Kiong and Amorva Bumi temples in Jakarta were filled with visitors celebrating 'Imlek', as the Chinese New Year is also known in Indonesia.

Posted in General @ 18 February 2007 09:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Some missing planes have never been found As an immense search for Indonesia's missing passenger plane intensified on Sunday, records show that a string of aircraft have never been found in the archipelago nation after disappearing. The Adam Air plane with 102 passengers and crew vanished off radar screens on January 1, halfway through a flight from Surabaya on Java island to Manado on the northeast tip of Sulawesi island.

Posted in Accidents @ 08 January 2007 07:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Surveillance plane makes emergency landing An Indonesian Air Force surveillance plane used to search for the Adam Air Boeing 737-400 plane believed to have gone missing in West Sulawesi made an emergency landing at the Balikpapan air base in East Kalimantan on Wednesday due to bad weather. "After it took off at around 06.00 am central Indonesian time and did a search (for the missing aircraft), the plane stopped its flight due to bad weather," spokesman of the Indonesian Air Force Headquarters Air Commodore Daryatmo said on Wednesday.

Posted in Accidents @ 03 January 2007 11:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, three others to sign 'open skies' Indonesia will sign an air travel agreement with three neighboring countries allowing nominated airlines to fly unrestricted to four destinations in each country, a senior official said Thursday. The limited "open skies" agreement to be signed by Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Brunei is aimed at increasing tourist flow between the Southeast Asian countries, Indonesia's Minister of Transportation Hatta Radjasa said.

Posted in Economy @ 08 December 2006 02:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


2 militants in 2002 Bali bombing freed Two Islamic militants jailed for the Bali bombings that killed 202 people were freed Tuesday, and nine others had their sentences reduced to mark the end of the Islamic fasting month. But the decision to include convicted terrorists was likely to anger countries that lost citizens in the Oct. 12, 2002, suicide attacks on two crowded nightclubs.

Posted in General @ 24 October 2006 17:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia trims sentences for Bali bombing convicts At least 10 people convicted for the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings that killed 202 people had their sentences cut on Thursday to mark Indonesia's independence day, allowing one of them to walk free from prison. Australia said victims and their families would be upset by the decision. Most of those killed were foreign tourists, including 88 Australians.

Posted in General @ 17 August 2006 15:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


AirAsia to launch flights to two new Indonesian cities Southeast Asia's top budget carrier AirAsia said Friday it will launch flights to two new destinations in Indonesia this month as part of its regional expansion. Daily services from Kuala Lumpur to Balikpapan in Kalimantan province on Borneo island will begin Dec. 20, to be followed by flights to Solo from Dec. 27, the Malaysian-based carrier said in a statement.

Posted in General @ 03 December 2005 09:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia sends 4 F-16 jetfighters to East Kalimantan The Indonesian Air Force is stationing four F-16 jetfighters in East Kalimantan to carry out patrol duties over the Ambalat area in the Sulawesi Sea which Malaysia recently claimed as being part of its territory, the country's official news agency said Sunday. "The four jetfighters have left their base in Madiun, East Java,and will arrive in Balikpapan, East kalimantan, in the afternoon,"the Antara News Agency quoted Air Force Chief of Staff Vice Marshal Djoko Suyanto as saying at the presidential office here Sunday.

Posted in Military @ 07 March 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda skids in Balikpapan airport, causes delays Eight flights at an airport in East Kalimantan province were delayed Wednesday afternoon after a plane overshot the taxiway and became stuck, an airport official said. The official at Balikpapan airport said takeoffs and landings continued but one takeoff and seven arrivals were delayed because the Garuda Indonesia 737 could not be moved from the "over-run" area off the taxiway.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 05 November 2003 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bracing for violence Indonesia's entire 250,000-strong police force has been put on full alert as the world's largest Muslim nation braces for a backlash on the eve of a US-led war on Iraq. Intelligence sources say serious threats of violence, including bombings, may be carried out by Muslim radicals belonging to the same network as that responsible for the October Bali bombings.

Posted in Terrorism @ 20 March 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Canadian Embassy warns of attacks in Indonesia Terrorists are planning imminent attacks on a range of targets - including churches and hotels - in four Indonesian cities, the Canadian Embassy has warned. 'The embassy has received credible information that terrorists may be planning attacks in Jakarta, Manado, Balikpapan and Batam soon,' an embassy circular to its citizens, dated Friday but obtained here yesterday, said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 30 December 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Britain steps up warning on Indonesia The British Foreign Office strengthened its official travel advice on Indonesia on Tuesday, warning British citizens there to avoid places of worship over the Christmas period. Citing "recent information received concerning Jakarta", the Foreign Office warned on its website that Britons should exercise "extreme caution" in all public places.

Posted in Terrorism @ 24 December 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia warned of possible Xmas attacks The United States on Friday warned that bombings were possible in Indonesia over Christmas and the New Year, and urged Americans to avoid churches, nightclubs and shopping centres. Britain also updated its travel warning to Indonesia, advising its citizens to exercise "extreme caution" when visiting public places, including churches and nightspots.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 December 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Government delays fuel price hike The government abruptly delayed on Thursday the planned fuel price hike a day before it was due to come into effect, saying it had to weigh further the political, social and security implications which might arise. The decision was announced by Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Purnomo Yusgiantoro, after an economic meeting chaired by Vice President Megawati Soekarnoputri at Merdeka Selatan Palace.

Posted in Economy @ 15 June 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


From his grief-gouged eyes to the way he presses his hands together to stop them from shaking, it's clear that if Syamsudin Noor makes it through the next few weeks, he is still a dead man inside. Syamsudin has pushed through a crowd of fellow refugees to tell his story, describing in patient detail how a visitation of almost unimaginable brutality destroyed his remote village of Sangai in Indonesia's Kalimantan province. "All my children, my grandchildren were killed," he mourns. "They cut off their heads and then cut them up and took them away to eat. There were a lot of Madurese in Sangai. Now 95% of us are dead."

Posted in Violence @ 10 March 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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