Indonesia's state-run airlines to open more direct flights to China from Bali
The opening more flights to the China's two cities would add the airlines' existing services directly connecting Indonesia's resort island of Bali with several cities in China.
"The opening of the new routes was part of the firm's continuing efforts to maximize the potentialities from the highly promising Chinese tourism market," Garuda Indonesia official in charge of supervising international route development Sigit Muhartono said in a recent statement.
Arrival of tourists from China to Indonesia has showed expanding trend in the last few years with their apparent domination was seen in Bali, brushed aside counties which previously dominated foreign tourist arrivals in the Indonesia's exotic island.
With annual outbound tourist potentialities over 120 million ones, Sigit said China has become an increasingly important market for international globally, including for Garuda Indonesia.
The Indonesia's flag carrier airlines holds 35 percent market share of overall airlines serving Indonesia-China flights, he added.
The opening of Garuda Indonesia flights connecting Bali with Zhengzhou and Xi'an was part of the airline's contribution to recover foreign tourist arrival in Bali aftermath Bali's Mount Agung volcanic events.
"As situation in Bali has returned to normal, we are optimistic that the opening of new routes can serve as an important momentum to further expand international tourist visit to Bali," Sigit said.
Garuda would use Airbus A330 to serve upcoming flights from Denpasar to Zhengzhou and Xi'an. The Bali-Xian flight was scheduled to commence on Jan. 29, while the one serving Bali-Zhengzhou would commence a day later. ■