With Australian arrivals still lagging some 30% behind numbers recorded during the heydays of the tourist boom just 3 years ago, improving year-on-year arrivals have prompted Garuda Indonesia to increase seat capacity with a new Wednesday flight from Sydney to Bali, effective June 20, 2007.
Australian arrivals to Bali January-May 2007 totaled 65,561 which represents a +56.34% increase from the same period in 2006.
The new flight, GA 717 brings the total number of Garuda Indonesia services between Sydney and Bali to five non-stop flights per week with departures daily, except Tuesday and Friday.
GA 717 departs on Wednesday mid-morning at 10:00 a.m. arriving in Bali mid-afternoon at 2:35 p.m. Inbound to Australia, GA 716 allows holidaymakers to maximize their holiday time in Bali, departing in the early hours of Wednesday morning at 1:00 a.m. and arriving the same day at 0830hrs in Sydney.
"The introduction of the new service results in a doubling of capacity from Sydney since the end of March which, along with capacity increases from Perth and Melbourne earlier in the year, put Garuda Indonesia in a good position to handle the increasing demand for Bali," said the airline's Regional General Manager, Southwest Pacific, Suranto Yitnopawiro.
Garuda Indonesia has the greatest number of non-stop flights to Bali, serving Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Darwin.
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