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Garuda Trims Flights to Japan

Declining Japanese Passenger Loads Compels Garuda to Cut Japan Flights Diverting Aircraft to Middle East Routes.

(4/16/2011) Emirsyah Star, the CEO of Garuda Indonesia, told Bisnis.com that passenger loads between Indonesia and Japan which have dipped to 50% compelling the Indonesian national carrier to reduce Japanese flight frequencies and reallocate their fleet to a route serving Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Tokyo-Jakarta-Bali flights which once flew twice a day are now reduced to a single daily service together with reduction as well on Garuda's Osaka-Jakarta-Bali route.

The airline's five-time-a-week flight service from Indonesia to Nagoya is under review and may also be reduced in the face of diminishing load factors.

Said Emirsyah, "the level of occupancy to and from Nagoya is down by 30% and 40% and we are reviewing these schedules." Garuda's CEO continued saying, "passenger loads to Jeddah are very good," explaining the shift of aircraft to serve more lucrative Middle East destinations.