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Garuda Extends New Zealand's And Brisbane's Isolation

Resumption of Auckland-Brisbane-Bali Service by Garuda Now on Indefinite Hold.

(3/17/2007) Garuda Indonesia have announced that the temporary suspension of service to Brisbane and New Zealand will continue indefinitely.

As reported on balidiscovery.com [See: Garuda Plans to Shake Up its Route System, Again] the Indonesian National Carrier is currently re-assessing the viability and profitability of all its domestic and international routes in order to best use its current armada of aircraft.

When Garuda originally withdrew its services in 2006 on the Auckland-Brisbane-Bali route a lack of aircraft caused by the need to defer planes to service the Haj pilgrimage market was cited as one of the causes for the decision, despite Brisbane's position at that time as the second busiest port-of-call for Garuda in Australia.

With the latest announcement, previously intentions to resume Brisbane and New Zealand service on March 26, 2007 are now on indefinite hold.

Garuda have announced their desire to continue to "maintain a presence" in New Zealand by maintaining a sales office in Auckland and the promotion of interline air packages connecting to Garuda flights operating over Sydney.

"We truly regret the inconvenience to our loyal Kiwi customers and will make sure that we uphold our New Zealand presence. To service continuing demand from travelers from New Zealand to destinations on the Garuda Indonesia network, we will continue to offer competitive fares with a number of airlines via Sydney and Melbourne," said Ucok Cemerlang, New Zealand General Manager for Garuda.

"We would like to thank our loyal and valued industry partners and regular travelers for their support over the past 18 years and look forward to the time we can resume flights from New Zealand," Cemerlang added.