East Timor: China’s Air Travel, Air Timor agree direct flight Dili-Hong Kong

China’s Air Travel and East Timor’s Air Timor on Friday signed an agreement that will enable direct flights between Dili and Hong Kong and later to other airports in the region, a source linked to the process told Lusa.

Tony Sum, a representative of Air Travel, told Lusa the company will in two months have a certificate that will enable it to carry out international flights.

He also said the strategy will begin with East Timor, with Air Timor holding a minority share and Dili being its first international base.

Sum took part in a meeting on Friday with Air Timor managers, with the prime minister Taur Matan Ruak and the former president José Ramos-Horta, who is accompanying the project.

The project’s implementation depends on several steps to be taken by the government.

“An agreement between Air Timor and Air Travel has been made which will enable a code-share between the companies so that the aircraft is parked in Dili enabling links with Hong Kong and later with other cities in the region,” he went on.

He explained the agreement involved an Airbus A319 with the ability to “reach any city within 4,800km.”