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Garuda Adds Capacity Between Bali and Australia

Sydney Sunday Flights and New Brisbane Direct Link Provide More Seats to Bali.

(7/21/2003) Garuda Indonesia reports average passenger loads of more than 80 per cent are being achieved from some Australian ports as traveler confidence in Bali returns lured on by attractive package deals on offer.

"June average load factors for Australia again rose encouragingly. Not only are previous visitors to Bali showing considerable loyalty, but also our 'Bali on ANY budget' Super Specials are working and giving us grounds for optimism over the months ahead," said Garuda Indonesia's General Manager for New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, Mr. Iriansyah Antemas.

"Certainly the recovery process is only in its early stages, but we are getting increasingly positive feedback from travel agents. Many parts of Australia - both East and West Coast - are reporting high levels of late bookings as the impact of recent world events eases and value seekers wait for the best deals," added Mr. Antemas. "In fact, returning confidence means we are searching for capacity on some flights, especially during heavy demand periods such as school holidays. In Sydney, for example, Garuda Indonesia is urging travel agents to consider the new Sunday flight to Bali, which replaced the mid-week service."

"An average monthly seat load factor in excess of 90 per cent in June has justified the introduction of extra capacity from Brisbane to Bali next month. From August 4 the Monday service, which has been shared with Auckland in recent times, will again become a dedicated Brisbane service meaning Brisbane joining passengers will be offered the full capacity of the A330 aircraft. An earlier departure time will also allow them to arrive in Bali with plenty of time to enjoy a cocktail before dinner. The Wednesday and Saturday services will continue to be shared with New Zealand."

Australian traveling overseas on holiday consistently chose Bali as their most preferred destination every year from 1996 to 2001. Improving passenger loads and additional flight capacity give reason to believe that Bali may soon reassume its dominant position of Australian's favorite overseas holiday spot.