Suryodipuro, who came here to attend a meet to commemorate the cultural ties between the two nations particularly eastern India and Indonesia, said more and more people were now struck by travel bug in both countries as both were witnessing the emergence of a new middle class.
"Now with more and more people travelling, we need more regional connectivity. Tourism is the easiest way of establishing that connectivity with India directly," he said.
"With Kolkata and Sumatra being in close distance, we are talking with the government to increase the number of flights to Jakarta from the present three," he said.
With the present flights being via other cities, direct Kolkata-Jakarta flights will ensure closer people-to-people connectivity and reduce time, he said.
Enhanced air connectivity is also needed from the point of view of business, Suryodipuro said.
Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent visit to Indonesia, he said, "PM Modi and our President Joko Widodo talked about concluding a new air service agreement."
The ambassador came here to attend the 'The Pride and Glory of Bali-Yatra', an art exhibition to mark 2000 years old past shared by the two nations when sailors from Odisha would set for Bali in Indonesia for commercial reasons.
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