Bali Post reports that Garuda Indonesia is considering re-establishing flight service between Bali (Denpasar) and Brisbane, Australia. The re-examination of the viability of putting Brisbane back on the Indonesian carrier's Australian gateways comes on heals of the recent termination of service to Darwin and an ongoing evaluation of route efficacy.
Garuda's CEO, Emirsyah Satar told reporters in Jakarta on April 24, 2009: "We will re-open the Denpasar-Brisbane route beginning in November. We see the Brisbane market as prospective. Hopefully, everything goes as planned."
The Commercial and Marketing Director or Garuda, Agus Priyanto, said the re-opening of the Bali-Brisbane run is part of a general route restructuring and efforts to maximize the revenue produced by the current fleet. He also said that the current competitive setting demands that Garuda cannot afford to fly to destinations only once or twice in a week.
When asked about his Airline's recent decision to abandon Darwin after 28 years, Emirsyah said the decision to stop flying to Darwin was purely commercial in nature. The Indonesian carrier will continue to fly to Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. Said Emirsyah, "actually, it was not only Garuda who decided to no longer fly to Darwin, but also silk Air, Qantas, and even Royal Brunei."
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