Garuda Indonesia Airways recently announced their intention to increase from four times a week to daily their flights operating over the sectors Jakarta – Singapore – Ho Chi Minh City.
Load factors on the current flights are averaging near 60% with many Vietnamese passengers disembarking in Singapore. Some Vietnamese tourists are drawn to visit the Indonesian island of Galang, near Singapore, where thousands of Vietnam war era refugees lived while awaiting processing to other countries. Remnants of the boats used by the refugees, their dwellings and place of worship can still be found on Galang island.
Garuda Indonesia currently utilizes Boeing-737 aircraft with 110 passenger seats on its Ho Chi Minh routes.
Plans are underway to also launch a Jakarta-Singapore-Hanoi service in November 2004.
Service between Bali and Vietnam is possible by changing aircraft in Singapore.
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