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Air Paradise to Lombok?

Leading Tourism Official Suggests Bali's Home Grown Airline to Fly Direct Services to Lombok.

(8/9/2004) Statements made by the Deputy Chief of Marketing for the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Mr. Udin Saifuddin, to the Indonesian-language Bisnis Indonesia suggest that Bali's Air Paradise International may be considering international services from Australia to Lombok.

"Arrivals of tourists to Lombok have improved and I have received information that Air Paradise has requested permission to fly to Lombok," Saifuddin told reporters.

Seen by the tourism official as further proof of Lombok's improving fortunes, he pointed to a recent decision by Silk Air, a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, to increase the size of the aircraft used to serve the Singapore Lombok route in order to accommodate increased demand. He also cited improving occupancy rates in Lombok which, according to Saifuddin, now average above 50% at the island's major hotels.