I Made Wiranatha the Balinese businessman who gave flight to Air Paradise International (API) has recently declared that his airline will start flying three times a week between Bali and Tokyo, commencing in April of 2004.
The Japanese service is scheduled to use Airbus 300-600 equipment in an effort to serve the Japanese market, once the mainstay of Bali's international tourism industry. Once underway, Tokyo will represent the sixth international destination served by API in addition to Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Taipei, and Seoul.
Taipei Service Temporarily Curtailed
API has suspended its services between Bali and Taipei, due to the sudden drop in Taiwanese visitors to Bali.
The sudden downturn in Taiwanese visitors followed a travel advisory issued by the Taiwanese government after 25 tourists visiting the island developed dysentery in late November 2003. The suspension of service is expected to last until mid-December by which time it is hoped traffic levels will return to normal.
The Taiwanese market has become in recent months the largest inbound market to Bali, supplanting the Japanese and Australian arrival numbers who continue to be far below former levels.
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