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Garuda Indonesia Considers War Route Revamp

Hints European Routes May be Axed if Iraqi War Breaks Out.

(3/17/2003) Garuda Indonesia's (GA) President Director, Indra Setiawan has hinted that his airline may be forced to cancel their European services and concentrate on maintaining flight service on Asian and Oceania routes in the event of the outbreak of hostilities in Iraq.

Should war break out in the Middle East bringing with it an expected dramatic decrease in air passenger totals worldwide, GA could declare its European routes economically non-viable for the short to medium term. Setiawan's comments were made in Jakarta on March 13, 2003, during a "synergy audit" of state-owned enterprises carried out by the Indonesian government.

According to Garuda's CEO, the airline's commercial department carries out a continual review of all routes they operate and are prepared to do whatever's necessary to keep the airline operating in the black.