Garuda Indonesia has announced that it will temporarily suspend flight services between Adelaide and Bali effective September 1, 2006, as the result of lower passenger loads.
Garuda Indonesia's Regional Manager, Southwest Pacific, Suranto Yitnopawiro, says the airline had originally tried to stimulate recovery of the South Australian market to Bali by resuming its twice weekly service, but a shift in demand for alternate destinations has resulted in an oversupply of capacity.
"Commercial pragmatism dictates that we utilize our aircraft in markets that are showing a return of confidence in Bali as a holiday destination. Unfortunately, the Australian market as a whole has declined substantially and the decrease in numbers is most severe from Adelaide. For the time being, it is not commercially viable to operate our large capacity Airbus A330 aircraft there," said Suranto.
The decline in demand, coupled with Australian consumers' late booking habit which produces low forward booking projections, made the decision inevitable.
"We made the decision to temporarily suspend these services with considerable regret, and after doing our utmost to support our Adelaide market following the events of last October. We look forward to the time we can resume a presence in South Australia as traffic volume to Bali improves or as one of our new Boeing 737 NG aircraft becomes available to fly the Adelaide-Denpasar route in dedicated non-stop services," continued Suranto.
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