Strong passenger demand from the Japanese market for Bali has prompted the National Carrier Garuda Indonesia (GA) to restart scheduled air service between Bali and Fukuoka, Japan.
In announcing the three times a week service between Denpasar (DPS) and Fukuoka (FUK), GA's General Manager in Bali, Kriston Rasmanto, also revealed that starting in April in response to growing Japanese demand Garuda would also be increasing from three to five the number of weekly flights operated between Bali and Osaka. GA also operates daily services between Bali and Tokyo and three times a weeks between Bali and Nagoya.
The Airline uses Airbus A-330 equipment on its Bali to Japan flight sectors with total seating capacity of 341 passengers Ė configured at 42 business and 251 economy.
Japan continues to be the single largest source of tourist visitors to Bali, representing 22.39% of all foreign arrivals (326,397) in 2004.
According to Kriston, quoted in the Indonesian-language daily Kompas, his airline controls the lion share of Japanese air travelers to Bali. In 2004, GA carried 75,305 Japanese tourists to Bali while their nearest competitor, Japan Airlines, carried only 61,861 passengers.
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