The Jakarta Post quotes Indonesian Vice-President Jusuf Kalla as calling on Garuda Indonesia to offer direct flight services between Kunming, the capital of Yunan province in China, to Bali.
The Vice-President's comments were made during a visit to Kunming where Indonesia's second-in-command saw great potential to enhance tourism and trade between China and Indonesia.
"As Yunan and Bali are sister provinces, I would ask Garuda to open a direct flight between Kunming and Bali so that tourism as well as trade links between the two will improve further," Kalla stated.
The Secretary-General of the Yunan Province Communist Party Committee, Bai Enpei, endorsed Kalla’s comments pointing out that the value of trade between Indonesian and Yunan totaled US$230 million in 2006 and was increasing at a rate of 140% in 2007.
The Vice-President's comments were made during a 6-day official visit to China.
Kalla's call for Garuda to add a new route to China comes amidst a down-sizing of the Airline's route network, including the recent withdrawal of service from Brisbane, Adelaide and Auckland.
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