While the rest of us struggle with Ryanair’s baggage restrictions, there are no such worries for the Saudi Arabian king during his latest trip. King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud begins his nine-day visit to Indonesia this week, and reports in that country’s press claim that he hasn’t travelled lightly
According to Adji Gunawan of airfreight company, PT Jasa Angkasa Semesta, a total of 572 workers from his company handled the king’s 459 tonnes of cargo when it arrived in Indonesia. There were two Mercedes-Benz S600 limousines and two electric elevators among the monarch’s luggage for his first visit to Southeast Asia since ascending to the throne in 2015. 63 tonnes of the cargo were unloaded at the Halim Perdanakusuma airport in Jakarta, while the remaining 396 went to the Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, Bali.
The Indonesian visit forms part of King Salman’s month-long visit to Asia, which began in Malaysia on Sunday. After Indonesia, he will visit Brunei, Japan, China, the Maldives and Jordan.
It has been reported that the king’s entourage is similarly grand, and is comprised of approximately 1500 people, including 10 ministers, 25 princes and at least 100 security personnel. This is not out of scale with foreign visits made by other world leaders however. Former US president, Barack Obama, often travelled with a very large entourage and multiple vehicles.