Çelebi Aviation launches operations in Indonesia

Çelebi Aviation has expanded its global operations to Indonesia following the acquisition of Prathita Titiannusantara (PTN).

It will now serve 26 airports in Indonesia, alongside providing services in Türkiye, India, Hungary, Germany, and Tanzania, bringing its total footprint to more than 60 stations on 3 continents.

Çelebi Aviation says its commitment to innovation, sustainability, and quality service will play a crucial role in enhancing Indonesia's aviation sector and strengthening bilateral ties.

A special press conference was held to mark the occasion last month, attended by Can Çelebioğlu, Chairman of the Board of Çelebi Aviation Services, Canan Çelebioğlu, Chairman of the Board of Çelebi Aviation Holding, Dave Dorner, Group CEO of Çelebi Aviation, Murali Ramachandran, President of India & Southeast Asia of Çelebi Aviation, Talip Küçükcan, the Ambassador of Türkiye to Indonesia and representatives from Indonesian Ministries.

Canan Çelebioğlu, Chairman of the Board of Çelebi Aviation Holding, said: "Indonesia holds significant promise in the aviation sector, with its strategic location, thriving economy, and rich cultural diversity. We are eager to play a role in shaping the country’s aviation landscape, supporting its economic progress, and establishing ourselves as a reliable partner in its journey, in harmony with the Indonesian government’s vision."

Dave Dorner, Group CEO of Çelebi Aviation, highlighted the company's global expansion and commitment to sustainability, saying: "Çelebi Aviation has come a long way since its inception in 1958 as Türkiye's trailblazing private ground handling service provider. Our journey in Indonesia marks another exciting chapter in our story. We bring with us a legacy of integrity and excellence, eager to make a positive impact on Indonesia's aviation sector. Embracing technology and innovation allows us to meet evolving needs while reducing our environmental footprint."

Murali Ramachandran, President of India & Southeast Asia at Çelebi Aviation, emphasized the regional significance of this expansion, adding: "Indonesia has the largest aviation market in Southeast Asia, making it a significant sector for both passenger and cargo movement. Our entry into this dynamic market underscores our commitment to contributing to its aviation infrastructure and economic development."

Strategic investment
Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno, Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy of the Republic of Indonesia, pointed out the importance of Çelebi Aviation's strategic investment in Indonesia, saying: “Türkiye and Indonesia play crucial roles on the global stage and are poised to pass on significant legacies to future generations. We are also strategically located at key crossroads, the Malacca Straits through which over 50% of global trade passes, and the Bosphorus, the historic bridge between Asia and Europe. It is essential for our countries to work closely together. This collaboration will be fostered through trade and tourism, enhancing exchanges between our people. I hope Çelebi Aviation’s investments in Indonesia will be a vital strategic move as Indonesia seeks to develop a global hub for tourism and trade, including e-commerce in our region. I hope this step will strengthen our friendly bonds and foster great collaborations.”

Mokhammad Khusnu, Head of the International Cooperation, The Directorate General of Civil Aviation Indonesia, Ministry of Transportation, emphasised the importance of the aviation industry in economic development.

“As known that aviation industry serves as a crucial pillar of economic development, facilitating trade, tourism and connectivity between nations, it is our great hope that the presence of Çelebi Aviation in Indonesia will further contribute to increasing public confidence to Indonesia’s air transport sector. Further, DGCA Indonesia also wishes that with Çelebi Aviation's expertise and experience, this partnership would support the enhancement of our commitment not only to provide better services to the public but also to better comply with ICAO safety and security standards.”

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