Air Paradise Relaunch Delayed

Air Paradise Relaunch Delayed

KEROBOKAN ~ Bali’s own international airline was due to bounce back from bankruptcy this month and once again take to the skies, but the relaunch plans have been put on hold for at least two months because the airline has no planes, an official said.

Air Paradise International would hopefully resume operations in March, instead of a previously planned March, director Oka Semadi said.

Failure to secure lease agreements for aircraft was cited as the reason for the delay.

Owned by local businessman Kadek Wirantha, Air Paradise abruptly halted services in November 2005 over declining demand in its sold market of Australia.

Wirantha, who has a range of interests in the local tourism industry, said earlier this year the company had offered a substantial share of the airline to the Bali government, which had expressed an interested in the offer.

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