Published: Wednesday, 26 October 2016

On Sept 24, one of Asia Pacific Superyachts (APS) Indonesia's superyacht clients landed his private jet in Sorong, ready to join his 55m yacht in the harbour and set out for his first trip to Raja Ampat.

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(Photos: APS Indonesia)

Due to a change in government aviation regulations in 2015, no foreign private jets have been able to fly within Indonesia. They could fly internationally but not domestically.

Unfortunately, for the areas of Komodo and Raja Ampat, the two most popular destinations in Indonesia, the local airports (Labuan Bajo and Sorong respectively) are both classified as ‘domestic’. Thus, private jets are not allowed to travel to these airports. The situation created headaches for leading superyacht support team APS Indonesia and had led to yacht visit cancellations.

Then, after the APS Indonesia team submitted a detailed report to the Indonesian Transport Minister earlier in 2016, the wheels were put in motion to make an exception to the regulation for superyachts and clients of APS Indonesia.

Finally, the exception was approved and APS Indonesia has been able to obtain permits for five landings to date; a major breakthrough that has resulted in some very happy Owners and Captains.

"It has been far from ideal", says APS Operations Manager Thomas Taatjes. "Time is tight and Indonesia is big. Diversions don't work so well. So being able to land in these key places again is absolutely brilliant for us and our clients. We are so grateful to the Indonesian Government for listening to us and working with us to fix this issue without having to alter their aviation policy. That is really a big thing."

APS Indonesia is the leading superyacht shore support team in the country and has been bringing superyachts into the country for close to 10 years. It was the first company to secure helicopter permits for yachts and handle all of the yachts over 100m entering Indonesia due to the support networks they are able to provide. To date, they have brought in over 350 yachts of all shapes and sizes into Indonesia. 

Asia Pacific Superyachts Indonesia has also been awarded "Best Superyacht Agent in Indonesia" by the Indonesian Government.

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(APS Indonesia Manager Vivi Oktavia received the unexpected prize from the Head of the Indonesian Government Harbour Authority)

At an awards dinner which took place in Bali last month, APS Indonesia Manager Vivi Oktavia received the unexpected prize from the Head of the Indonesian Government Harbour Authority (Pelindo). The award was in acknowledgement of APS’ ongoing efforts to pioneer and grow the superyacht industry in Indonesia over the last eight years.

“When we started, it was very tough," Oktavia says. "We had to juggle commercial shipping and domestic tourism regulations and try to apply these to what our Captains and Owners wanted to do. But we had faith in Indonesia as the biggest and most diverse cruising grounds in the world. The beauty and experience always won in the end. So now to have the government supporting us and acknowledging what we are doing is wonderful for Indonesia and it is very powerful. We have created a lot of jobs all over Indonesia and with this support, we will create many more." 

APS Indonesia has brought close to 350 superyachts into Indonesia including six superyachts over 100m LOA. The service and support agency also handles helicopter permits and private jet permits, with the capability to land where no others can. The APS support network extends throughout Indonesia, which means they are able to provide a level of support unmatched and backed by years of experience.