Sunday, October 2, 2011

Garuda Banking on Australia's Love for Bali

Garuda Indonesia chief executive Emirsyah Satar thinks traffic on the well-traveled Australia-Bali route should stay popular well into the future, as reported by the Australian Associated Press.

The resort island of Bali is one of the most popular tourist getaways for Australians, with more than 500 flights each month between Australia and Denpasar, according to AAP.

Those numbers are alongside the 1.88 million passengers that traveled between the two countries in the year prior to July, an increase of 25 percent from the previous year.

“We see that the growth will continue,” Emirsyah said during a recent visit to Australia.

National flag carrier Garuda has been trying to compete alongside other low-cost airlines such as Virgin and Air Asia for a piece of the growing market.

“The Australian dollar is getting stronger so therefore going to Bali is much cheaper than probably even going to vacation somewhere in Australia.”

“I see Australians in Bali and I think they feel at home in Bali,” Emirsyah said.

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