Savu & Rai Jua News - June '04

Darwin-Kupang flights to re-open

Merpati and Airnorth join forces to re-open Darwin-Kupang route. Flights are scheduled for Tuesdays and Saturdays:

  • departs Darwin 11.15 am
  • arrives Kupang 11.45 am
  • departs Kupang 12.45 pm
  • arrives Darwin 16.10 pm

Economy class is AUD$425 return and Business class is AUD$515 return (plus taxes of AUD$82.50 return).


Merpati Nusantara Airlines
27/21 Cavenagh Street
Darwin NT
Phone : +618 8941 1606
Fax : +618 8941 1960
Email :

Merpati Office in Kupang: (0380) 833 833


Flights were discontinued in 2000, when the UN classification of West-Timor rose to a level-5 risk, denoting extreme danger. The UN decision was probably unjustified, however, as hostilities were not apparent in Kupang at the time. On the other hand, the refugee camps, situated near the border to East Timor, were definitely considered dangerous for Westerners to visit. It is conceivable that the UN had over-reacted to an attack on its own people, in which the victims' bodies were mutilated. The consequence of suspending air travel to Kupang was a devastating blow to local business, as tourist numbers fell dramatically.

Please note that Merpati or Airnorth may change flight schedules from time to time.

Copyright © 2007 Ina Tali/Francesca Von Reinhaart.



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