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Garuda to Resume Service to Nagoya?

With Japanese Arrivals at Record Highs, Garuda Considers Reestablishing Service to Nagoya and Fukuoka.

(6/16/2007) The Indonesian-language BisnisBali reports that Garuda Indonesia is actively considering reestablishing flight operations to cities in Japan abandoned when traffic dropped dramatically following terrorist attacks on Bali.

Garuda currently operates flights to Tokyo and Osaka and may soon re-open service to Nagoya, a service twice-abandoned after the 2002 and 2005 terror bombings in Bali.

Another Garuda service to Fukuoka was similarly discontinued when Japanese tourism arrivals to Bali nose-dived due to terrorism.

Bisnis Bali quoted the Airline's manager in Bali, Uun Setiawan, as saying brisk demand from the Japanese market and improving arrival numbers have created a "strong potential" for the reopening of the Bali-Nagoya service.

Japanese arrival numbers during the first four months of 2007 improved +57.53% (107,254) when compared to the same months just one year before. These totals equal Japanese arrivals in 2000 and 2001, years of record-high arrivals to Bali from that market.