459 tonnes of luggage including 2 Mercedes-Benz limousines for Saudi King Salman's visit to Indonesia

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz departs following a welcoming ceremony at the Parliament House in Kuala Lumpur on Feb 26, 2017.
Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz departs following a welcoming ceremony at the Parliament House in Kuala Lumpur on Feb 26, 2017.PHOTO: AFP

JAKARTA (JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud and his 600-strong entourage will make a heavyweight stop in Indonesia this week on the monarch's first visit to South-east Asia since ascending the throne in 2015.

Airfreight service provider PT Jasa Angkasa Semesta (JAS) said that it was handling 459 tonnes of cargo, including two Mercedes-Benz S600 limousines, during King Salman's visit to Indonesia from March 1 to 9.

JAS president director Adji Gunawan said, 63 tonnes of the cargo would be unloaded at the Halim Perdanakusuma airport in East Jakarta, while the remaining 396 tonnes would be brought to the Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, Bali.

“We have been officially appointed to handle all [cargo] belonging to the king’s entourage aircraft,” Adji was quoted by Antara.

The Mercedes-Benz S600s had arrived in Denpasar on Feb 18. One electric lift arrived in Halim on Feb 21, while another electric lift landed in Denpasar on Feb 22 along with other equipment.

According to Adji, aside from his entourage, King Salman - who will arrive in Indonesia after a four-day visit to Malaysia - will be accompanied by 800 delegates, including ministers and 25 princes.

The arrival of the latter is spread out over two weeks beginning Feb 15, in 27 flights to Halim Perdanakusuma and nine flights to Ngurah Rai.

Adji said that his company would deploy 178 workers in Jakarta and 394 workers in Denpasar for the royal visit.