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Singing the G I A Blues

Garuda Indonesia Airlines Contemplates Drastic Flights Suspensions.

(4/5/2003) Garuda Indonesia Airlines (GIA) is threatening to suspend operations on any of its international flights operating as load levels of less than 40% in the face of declining passenger discouraged from traveling due to the War in Iraq and the SARS epidemic.

Bachrul Hakim, Executive Vice President for GIA, issued the warning of further flight suspensions, saying the airlines was continually monitoring load levels and forward booking patterns.

Flights to the Middle East have already been reduced from eight to two per week. Plans to reintroduce and add flights in Europe and Australia, suspended following last October's terror attack in Bali, are also under review and may further delayed should the international slump in international air travel be prolonged.