1 May 2012

Indonesia call to resume Mulia flights after April ambush

1:26 pm on 1 May 2012

Police in the Indonesian province of Papua are urging airlines to resume flights to Mulia more than three weeks after gunmen strafed an incoming flight.

The attack on the Trigana Air Twin Otter airplane on April the 8th left one passenger dead and four others injured, including the pilot and co-pilot.

The Jakarta Globe reports that on Monday, Papua police and the province's transportation office summoned several airlines that usually serve the Mulia airport, to discuss the aviation situation there.

No agreement was reached but a police spokesman says he hopes the airlines would soon resume flights to Mulia as the highland town depends on air links for its logistics supply.

Since the attack police have cleared bushes from the area surrounding the airport.

The plan is to fence off the airport, especially the runways, in a bid to prevent unauthorised access.