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Garuda to Fly to India?

Details Remain Sketchy on Indonesian Carriers Plan to Operate Schedule Services to Asia’s Fourth Largest Economy of India.

(11/19/2005) According to the Bloomberg News Service, Indonesia's National Air Carrier Garuda may soon establish regular flight service to India.

The Airline's President Director, Emirsyah Satar, reportedly revealed the plans of his airline to the press during a visit to Hong Kong on Wednesday, November 16, 2005. Declining to reveal more details of the proposed service, the head of the Indonesian carrier did indicate that his Company was in talks with partners in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur suggesting, perhaps, that Garuda is seeking a joint-operation to India with another foreign air carrier.

India, long touted as a market with strong potential for Indonesian tourism, according to the Air Traffic Association is expected to see its air traffic grow at an average of 8.4% per year through 2009.

Bali Market from Indian Still infinitesimal

Indian direct arrivals to Bali in 2004 totaled only 6,468 visitors, representing less than less than half-a-percent of total inbound foreign tourists to the island.