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Garuda Starts Direct Flights Between Bali and Mumbai on April 23, 2018

Bali News: Bali, India, Mumbai, Garuda Indonesia, Bali-Mumbai, direct flights Arief Yahya, Joseph Saul, Gde Pitana, Judi Rifantoro
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Indonesian Tourist News confirms that Garuda Indonesia will commence flying direct services between Bali and Mumbai India on April 23, 2018.

During an initial month until May 28, the new Garuda service will operated twice a week, on Mondays and Thursdays. After May 28, 2018 until October 27, 2018 the new India service will fly three times a week on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

The General Manager of Garuda for Bali, Joseph Saul, told the press on March 15, 2018: “The Denpasar-Mumbai route is very good. The potential for growth in tourism numbers is very big. The Indian market is also not affected by news about the eruption of Mount Agung. They (the Indians) are very stable and this is an important point.”

The Indonesian Tourism Minister, Arief Yahya, expressed his thanks to Garuda Indonesia for operating the new service, predicting other airlines would soon follow suit flying between Bali and India.

The Deputy Minister for Marketing, I Gde Pitana, said: “With direct flights, the will certainly be many Indian tourists who will come to Bali. In addition to Bali, other destinations in Indonesia will also benefit. India is a big market. There is a large middle and upper class. We certainly need to have direct access in order to attract the Indians to Bali.”

In flying the new service between Mumbai and Bali, Garuda will use Airbus A330-200 aircraft offering 186 economy seats and 36 business class seats.

A member of the Minister's special staff for tourism infrastructure, Judi Rifajantoro, said: “The route Indonesia-India flights used to fly was via Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. If these flights go direct it will be much better. Garuda has made the right decision. The potential of the Indian market is certainly high. They are not influenced by news of the eruption of Mount Agung. We remain optimistic that a targeted growth in visitors of 30% can be achieved this year.”

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