Garuda Indonesia have announced that all flights from London's Gatwick airport will be suspended from January 15, 2003 and will resume operations on March 29, 2003.
Commenting on the strong links that exists between the people of the United Kingdom and Bali, Bruce Watson, Sales Manager for Garuda Indonesia in the U.K. and Ireland said, "having suffered from terrorist action, the people of Bali are now further penalized by Governments advising tourists to stay away from Bali. On an island where over 90% of the population are dependant on tourism, the U.K. Foreign Office action could destroy the fabric of their society. I think we should support rebuilding Bali, which is the victim, rather than magnifying terrorist action by destroying the livelihood of its people." He added, "at Garuda we are spear-heading the campaign to reinstate Bali as a major tourist destination. We are confident that people's love for this beautiful little island will bring them back, and we can look to the future with confidence."
Thrice Weekly Service
When Garuda Indonesia resumes service in March it will offer flights three times a week from London to Bali with a single intermediate stop in Singapore.
Flights will depart London's Gatwick on Monday's, Wednesday's, and Saturday's at leaving at 1645 hours and landing in Bali the next day at 1745 hours. Flights from Bali to London will operate on the same days leaving Bali at 0035 hours and arriving in London on the same day at 1015 hours.
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