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The Saudi Arabian king has taken a whopping 459 tonnes of luggage on his latest trip

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

Arabian king Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud leaving Bahrain. Image: Bandar Algaloud/Saudi Kingdom Council/Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Arabian king Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud leaving Bahrain. Image: Bandar Algaloud/Saudi Kingdom Council/Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

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.

Saudi Arabian king Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud arriving in Malaysia. Image: Bandar Algaloud/Saudi Kingdom Council/Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Saudi Arabian king Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud arriving in Malaysia. Image: Bandar Algaloud/Saudi Kingdom Council/Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

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.

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