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GARUDA 'Chocker-Block' For the Holidays

The Near Convergence of Two Major Holidays Will Fill Garuda's Domestic Seats for Almost a Month.

(11/29/2001) Traditionally, either the Moslem holidays of Idul Fitri or Christian community's holiday celebration of Christmas generate sufficient family and holiday business to fill all domestic airline seats in the country. When, however, these two holidays fall in close proximity to each other (16-17 December & 25 December), seats on any domestic airline in Indonesia become an extremely scarce commodity.

Demonstrating this fact, Garuda Indonesia's Commercial Director, Mr. Bachrul Hakim testified before Parliament on 27 November that for all practical purposes his airline had no seats left to sell between the dates of 13 December 2001 and 07 January 2002. In fact, in order to meet anticipated additional demand during the busy holiday period, 134 additional flights providing 36,507 seats have been added to the schedule, which, according to the Airline's management, have also sold out immediately.

Offering some practical advice, Mr. Hakim suggested to the Parliamentarians that anyone fortunate enough to have a confirmed booking on a domestic flight over the critical period should immediately purchase their ticket in order to make absolutely certain their bookings are honored.