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Garuda to Abandon Bali as a Secondary Air Hub

Bali Bound Flights from Australia and Japan to Transit Via Jakarta if Garuda Hub Plan Goes Ahead.

(10/4/2006) Travel Trade Gazette's (TTG) Mimi Hudoyo reports that Garuda Indonesia may soon be restructuring its network, minimizing the role of Bali as a flight hub for its flights from Australia and Japan.

Quoting Garuda's Vice-president of Sales and Marketing, Agus Priyanto, "We are now studying the way we operate out of dual hubs in Jakarta and Bali. But we expect to only use Jakarta because having two hubs is too costly and the recovery of the Australian market to Bali has been slower than expected, and (due to) Garuda's limited fleet."

If the national carrier goes ahead with the proposed change to its air hub structures, passengers from Japan and Australia on Garuda will face the disincentive of longer flight times to Bali, due to an intermediate stop in Jakarta. Bali-Perth flights are expected to remain operating on a direct basis.