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Garuda Indonesia starts operation of Denpasar-Mumbai route

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Tue, April 24, 2018  /  12:37 pm
Garuda Indonesia starts operation of Denpasar-Mumbai route

The mystical Ulun Danu Temple in Tabanan, Bali. (Shutterstock/-)

Garuda Indonesia opened a direct route between Denpasar and Mumbai on Monday, offering more options for passengers traveling to the Indian city from Bali’s provincial capital city, and providing ease of access for Indian tourists to Indonesia.

The new route aims to expand the national flag carrier's international network, especially in South Asia, said Garuda Indonesia president director Pahala N. Mansury in a statement. The growth of Indian tourist arrivals to the archipelago throughout 2017 was also quite significant, reaching up to 28.8 percent nationally.

"Hopefully it can also support the government's effort to increase the number of Indian tourists to Indonesia, as well as strengthen bilateral relation betweens Indonesia and India, especially since Bali has similarities in cultural and religious background," said Pahala.

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The Denpasar-Mumbai service will be available two times per week on Monday and Thursday using an Airbus A330-200, departing from Denpasar at 3:40 p.m. local time and arriving in Mumbai at 8:25 p.m. Meanwhile, the return flight will take off from Mumbai at 9:50 p.m. and land in Denpasar at 7:55 a.m.

The Airbus A330-200 itself can accommodate 36 and 186 business and economy class passengers, respectively.

"Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai is among Indian airports with the highest flight traffic rates, serving over 32 million passengers per year and more than 90 destinations around the globe," added Pahala.

Garuda Indonesia flies to more than 90 destinations across the globe, operating 600 flights every day and 202 aircraft with an average of five years of age. (kes)

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