Garuda’s inaugural flight GA725 ex PERTH to Denpasar departed on Monday (18 August) with a seat load factor of 98.7% ie only two empty seats. “This is a fantastic result with forward bookings looking very strong for this service,” said Mr Iskandar Basro - General Manager Western Australia Garuda Indonesia.
Garuda Indonesia responds to Western Australia’s demand for Bali by adding new aircraft to the route
Garuda Indonesia will place the newly delivered Boeing 737-800 Next Generation series aircraft on the Perth Bali route from 18 August, 2008.
This move is in direct response to the resurgence in tourism to Bali from Western Australia. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the state recorded a 75% growth in holiday makers travelling to Indonesia in the first quarter of 2008.
From 18 August, Garuda Indonesia will add another daily service to the two flights that are currently operating daily (except Wednesday). And, from 3rd September, an additional Wednesday service will bring the total operation from Perth to Bali to triple daily, providing a growth in capacity of 61.5%.
This is in addition to four direct flights per week to Jakarta from Perth.
The daily flight commencing 18 August, GA725, will depart Perth at 1425 arriving in Bali at 1810. This will give West Australians the option of a mid afternoon flight to add to the daily morning flight which departs at 0715 (GA727), and the six times weekly evening flight GA729 departing at 1715.
Garuda Indonesia’s General Manager WA, Mr. Iskandar Basro said, “Western Australians have had an ongoing love affair with Bali for years, prompted by great value packages and a strengthening Australian dollar. The word is out that there is no other place in the world where you can holiday in luxury for such great prices.”
“The addition of a further 1248 seats by 3 September should go a long way to ensuring that Western Australians can continue this romance. “
The capacity increase from the West Coast follows Garuda Indonesia’s announcement last month of an additional 1013 seats per week being added to East Coast Australian routes to Bali by 3 September.
Source: e-Travel Blackboard