DENPASAR ~ Flag carrier Garuda Indonesia is to increase its capacity to Bali and Jakarta by more than 50 percent from December 10 and offer improved connectivity to destinations throughout Asia.
Daily direct flights from Perth to Jakarta from that date will complement existing daily direct flights to Denpasar, said Rob Moro, Garudaâ€™s Western Australia sales manager.
The daily Jakarta and Bali flights â€“ all operated by the latest Boeing 737-800s New Generation aircraft – bring Garudaâ€™s total weekly seating capacity to Indonesia to 2,352 and provide huge benefits to local travelers, said Moro.
â€œThe daily direct flights to Jakarta will give our booming Perth market connectivity via Jakarta to destinations such as Thailand, Japan, China and Singapore.
â€œThis will benefit both the expanding number of business travelers operating throughout the region as well as offering new options to holidaymakers wanting to combine Indonesian destinations, including Bali, with the Asia-Pacific network served by Garuda Indonesia from its Jakarta hub.
â€œA further benefit is that the expanded Jakarta flights connect readily with Bali, so we can also ease any shortage of seats over peak periods by offering this alternative for virtually the same price,â€ he said.
Introduction of the all-economy 168-seat Boeing 737-800 on the Jakarta route will mean that business class is no longer offered from Perth to either Jakarta or Denpasar, said Moro.
However, the added capacity, better connectivity and convenient daily travel times would be a huge positive for travelers from Western Australia.
â€œNot only is Bali coming back in a big way as a tourist destination for WA, but also the stateâ€™s business and leisure travel is expanding greatly throughout the Asia-Pacific as the booming WA economy leads the way to engagement with our neighbors,â€ he said.
â€œNever has travel to destinations including Bali and beyond been more accessible or affordable.â€