Belitung, Oct. 30 -- Tourism Minister Arief Yahya has cancelled an inaugural flight event to be held for Garuda Indonesia's new flight route between Singapore and Belitung, as a gesture of empathy towards the Lion Air JT610 crash tragedy.

"My visit to Belitung was, in fact, to attend the scheduled inaugural flight event. The flight will still operate, but we refrain from organizing a celebration, as we need to offer our sympathies over what happened," Minister Yahya stated at the Eco Beach Tent Bay Billiton in Tanjung Kelayang, Belitung, Monday.

Yahya was scheduled to welcome the inaugural flight with a series of ceremonial events, but following the crash of the Lion Air JT 610 plane, the events were cancelled.

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