Following the extended drought in the tourism business brought on by terror attacks and SARS panics, a number of lead indicators suggest that world travelers are again finding their feet and starting to travel.
Garuda Indonesia has resumed flight services to Asian destinations suspended during the SARS crisis. Cancelled services have been reinstated between Surabaya and Singapore; Bali and Singapore; Medan and Singapore; Bali and Osaka; Jakarta and Shanghai, Jakarta and Guangzhou; and Denpasar and Nagoya.
Garuda Indonesia routes on which the frequency of flight were reduced are now back to pre-crisis levels, including services between Jakarta and Singapore; Jakarta and Hong Kong; Bali Jakarta Tokyo; and Bali and Seoul.
Singapore Airlines is increasing flight frequencies to a number of international destinations, including Madrid, Auckland, Nagoya and Fukuoka.
Cathay Pacific Airlines has confirmed that all routes reduced or suspended during the SARS crisis will be completely resumed by September 2003. Flights between Hong Kong and Taipei operate 8 times a day from July 01, 2003, scheduled to increase to twelve times a day from August 01, 2003.
Merpati Nusantara Airlines is operating 7 flights daily between Bali and Lombok, having reduced the number of daily services to 4 during the SARS crisis.
Garuda Indonesia and Lion Air have also increased their flight frequencies to Lombok from Surabaya and Jakarta.
U.S. Carrier United Airlines is resuming their suspended trans-Pacific services, offering four flights a week between Chicago and Hong Kong; three times a week from Chicago to Beijing; and daily service from San Francisco to Hong Kong.
Dutch airline KLM is increasing its services to Asia to meet demand, going from four to six flights a week between Amsterdam and Kuala Lumpur.
Vietnam Airlines have resumed their suspended flights while announcing a number of new international destinations, including Paris and Frankfurt.
Bali-based airline Air Paradise International is reporting excellent loads on its Australian routes and will add new aircraft and routes with flights in July to Jakarta and Seoul.
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