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European Travel to Bali in Eclipse?

Garuda Indonesia Reduces Flights to Amsterdam While Increasing Asia-Pacific Flight to Tokyo, Taipei and Kuala Lumpur

(1/26/2012) Following the announcement of AirAsia's withdrawal of its European and Indian flights, the accelerating decline in European travel is further underlined by an announcement by the Indonesian flag carrier Garuda Indonesia that it is reducing flight frequencies to Amsterdam.

Quoted in Bisnis.com, Pujobroto, vice-president for corporate communication for Garuda Indonesia, said, "In accordance with the economic condition in Europe that remains in recession, effective March 1, 2012, Garuda will reduce its flight frequency to Amsterdam from seven to four times a week."

The revamped schedule between Amsterdam and Jakarta will see flights using Airbus A330-200 flying to Europe on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and returning from Europe to Indonesia on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Meanwhile, Garuda has announced plans to increase flights in the Asia-Pacific with new services to Haneda in Tokyo, Japan and Taipei, Taiwan.

Pujobroto said increased demand for travel ex Japan and Taipei will allow Garuda Indonesia to begin operating a new route from Bali (Denpasar) to Haneda (Tokyo) on April 27, 2012, and from Jakarta to Taipei on May 19, 2012.

Reflecting the relative health of economies in the Asia-Pacific region, Garuda will also increase flight frequencies between Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur to three flights daily starting in February 2012.

Denpasar to Haneda flights will operate five times per week on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday with GA 886 departing Bali at 3:30 p.m. arriving at Haneda at 11:30 p.m. local time.  GA 887 from Haneda to Bali will leave at 1:00 a.m. arriving in Bali at 7:00 a.m.. The Haneda flights will operate using Airbus 330-300 configured for 257 passengers.



Jakarta Taipei flights will operate on a daily basis with GA852 departing Jakarta at 23:45 and arriving in Taipei at 6:15 a.m. The return flight on GA 853 leaves Taipei at 7:15 a.m. landing in Jakarta at 11:35 a.m. The Taipei service will use Boeing 737-800 NG equipment.



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