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Soekarno Hatta Intl Airport Set to Boost Cargo Capabilities

Jakartas Soekarno Hatta International airport is set to see a boost in its cargo capabilities, following the announcement of a number of new service agreements.

Flag-carrier Garuda Indonesia has brought in four additional A330 flights between between Melbourne and Jakarta by the middle of the year and is considering starting services to the Australias Gold Coast region.

Dubai-based Emirates Airline will step up its 11 flights a week operation to Jakarta with the introduction of a double-daily service, effective 1 March.

Indonesian exports of textiles, leather products, fruit, fish, medical and computer equipment will benefit from the increased access to global markets, said a statement from Emirates SkyCargo, the air freight wing of the carrier.

The imports of chemicals, cosmetics, machine parts and foodstuff will also receive a boost as the cargo-carrying capacity offered by the B777 aircraft being used on the flights will increase the available capacity by 27 percent to 233 tonnes a week in each direction.

Finally, Turkish Airlines plans to introduce B777 services from Istanbul to Sydney via Jakarta in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Turkish has operated direct flights to Jakarta since September 2009.