ational flag carrier Garuda Indonesia plans on December 13, 2008 to reopen its Denpasar-Brisbane flight route which was closed in early 2007.
At the initial stage, Garuda would serve the reopened route three times a week using Airbus 330s with a seat capacity of 300 passengers, a Garuda official in Australia said on Monday in response to ANTARA`s question.
Garuda would fly to Brisbane on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, he said.
Garuda`s plan was hailed by the Indonesian community in Brisbane. Iman Partoredjo, for instance, said "If Garuda flies (to Brisbane) again, we will welcome it. In the past, it was also welcomed."
The Indonesian government has targeted around 380,000 Australian tourists to visit Indonesia, especially Bali, during 2008, an increase from 314,432 last year