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East Timor Airport Closed Due To Violence

Wed Oct 25, 2006 7:47 pm

East Timor's international airport was closed today after rival armed groups clashed near the capital, Australian officials and a witness said.

At least one civilian was killed in the fighting which erupted on Tuesday when a group of youths attacked a refugee camp near the airport, said the source in Dili who requested anonymity. Shots were fired, and stones and fuel bombs were thrown during the fighting, according to the source who said he was with the tiny country's social affairs minister, Arsenio Bono, when the fighting spread to the airport.

The pair were among several people trapped for several hours at the airport which was closed after all those inside were ordered to leave under the guard of United Nations peacekeepers, he said.

The foreign ministry in Canberra confirmed the closure of the airport due to the fighting, while the defence ministry said one of its soldiers stationed at the airfield had fired on a Timorese man.

"Initial reports are that a Timor-Leste national approached an Australian Defence Force position with a firearm and acted in a threatening manner," a defence spokeswoman said.

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RE: East Timor Airport Closed Due To Violence

Wed Oct 25, 2006 7:50 pm

wt airlines serve East Timor?
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RE: East Timor Airport Closed Due To Violence

Wed Oct 25, 2006 8:47 pm

Airlines that serve Dili, Merpati and Air North, I took Merpati from Bali Denpassar in April before the violence erupted. It was a pleasant flight and I would go back to East Timor in a heartbeat if I could, I absolutely love the country, it's a shame its like this now.
Air North from Darwin Australia (usually small prop plane)
Merpati from Bali Denpassar, Indonesia (737-200)

I have pics if anybody wants of airport in Dili

[Edited 2006-10-25 13:49:59]
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RE: East Timor Airport Closed Due To Violence

Thu Oct 26, 2006 10:54 am

Yes, I'd like to see pix of Dili airport! Thanks in advance.

Any domestic airlines in East Timor? What routes and type of aircraft?

Anybody knows all the relief charter flights into Dili in the past? Did Orient Thai fly there at some point?
 
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RE: East Timor Airport Closed Due To Violence

Thu Oct 26, 2006 11:26 am

Yes please again! Photos of Dili!
 
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RE: East Timor Airport Closed Due To Violence

Thu Oct 26, 2006 11:39 am

Quoting Jcded (Reply 2):
I have pics if anybody wants of airport in Dili

Definately!

Quoting Jcded (Reply 2):
Air North from Darwin Australia (usually small prop plane)
Merpati from Bali Denpassar, Indonesia (737-200)

What were the schedules of these flights?

Will Dili airport re-open again in the near future? At the moment, what is the most direct way of getting to Dili now? Fly to Darwin or Bali and then get a boat?

I really hope that this violence doesn't continue for much longer.
 
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RE: East Timor Airport Closed Due To Violence

Thu Oct 26, 2006 12:53 pm

Quoting Jcded (Reply 2):
I took Merpati from Bali Denpassar in April before the violence erupted.



Quoting Planemanofnz (Reply 5):
I really hope that this violence doesn't continue for much longer.

I suggest both of you learn a little bit more about East Timor and the fact that violence is nothing new there nor does it seem to have an end in sight.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_timor
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RE: East Timor Airport Closed Due To Violence

Thu Oct 26, 2006 4:07 pm

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 6):
I suggest both of you learn a little bit more about East Timor and the fact that violence is nothing new there nor does it seem to have an end in sight.

Thanks, but no thanks. FYI I already know quite a bit about East Timor and in my statement I said I hoped that THIS violence doesn't continue for much longer. "THIS" reffering to the violence around the airport.
 
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RE: East Timor Airport Closed Due To Violence

Sun Oct 29, 2006 11:45 am

Deltagator:
I mirror the sentiments of planemanofNZ, if you wish to go head to head on who knows more about East Timor than please do contact me. I may have been unclear when I mentionned violence, I was refering to the events that unfolded this year.

as promised some pictures of the trip
boarding in Bali-Denpassar
http://www.visualnitro.com/timor/pages/DSC00745_JPG.htm
737-200
http://www.visualnitro.com/timor/pages/DSC00746_JPG.htm
Food on merpati (actually good)
http://www.visualnitro.com/timor/pages/DSC00753_JPG.htm
Airport view 1
http://www.visualnitro.com/timor/pages/DSC00757_JPG.htm
Airport view 2
http://www.visualnitro.com/timor/pages/DSC00759_JPG.htm
Airport view 3
target=_blank>http://www.visualnitro.com/timor/pages/DSC00760_JPG.htm
Airport view 4
http://www.visualnitro.com/timor/pages/DSC01023_JPG.htm
Airport view 5
http://www.visualnitro.com/timor/pages/DSC01026_JPG.htm
Airport View 6
http://www.visualnitro.com/timor/pages/DSC01021_JPG.htm
Airport view 7
http://www.visualnitro.com/timor/pages/DSC01025_JPG.htm
government terminal
http://www.visualnitro.com/timor/pages/DSC00763_JPG.htm
convoy to Taci-Tolu
http://www.visualnitro.com/timor/pages/DSC00885_JPG.htm
I'd go back there with or without the violence
http://www.visualnitro.com/timor/pages/DSC00845_JPG.htm

[Edited 2006-10-29 04:17:17]
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RE: East Timor Airport Closed Due To Violence

Sun Oct 29, 2006 3:54 pm

Yes, the violence has been going on throughout the archipelagos for centuries, it's a shame that things can't (in fact it won't) get any better. Indonesia has so much to offer, practically every single island can turn into tourist spots, plus abundance of natural resources (think about every single island like Bali), I personally would like to visit Irian Jaya, but the access to the area is so restricted.

If Indonesia prospers, imagine what GA will look like? Massive jumbo fleet with extensive networks all over the islands, convenient connections with Australia with the rest of the world.

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