In response to a sudden drop in passenger traffic from Japan to Indonesia, Garuda Indonesia announced on March 25, 2011, that it will reduce its flights between Bali and Japan starting in April.
The downturn in passengers is linked to the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11, 2011, and the subsequent nuclear contamination concerns resulting from power plant failures in that nation.
Pujobroto, the official spokesman of Garuda Indonesia, told the press, "we see a trend of slowing demand of flights serving Tokyo to Denpasar." Pujobroto said seven flights from the current 24 monthly flights would be suspended.
Garuda will combined its current Jakarta – Tokyo and Bali- Tokyo routes into a single service flying Denpasar-Jakarta-Tokyo.
The announcement comes in the period leading up to the traditional peak Japanese travel season of "Golden Week" that lasts from April 22 to May 8th.
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