Garuda brings its Frequent Flyer programmed (GFF) to Australia

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Following the outstanding success of its domestic Frequent Flyer programmed, Garuda Indonesia will extend eligibility to include residents of countries serviced by the airline’s international routes, including Australia.

Australians, who register as a Garuda Frequent Flyer (GFF) member will be eligible to claim for travel on Garuda Indonesia services in December, with each mile flown earning 1 award mile and 1 tier mile.

Award miles can be redeemed for a free award flight – not only for the member, but also for family, friends and colleagues – or a flight upgrade to enjoy greater comfort during flight. Tier miles determine which of four levels of membership will be applied with each tier attracting a greater array of travel-related privileges.

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Flying Garuda Indonesia’s Executive Class will also attract up to 50% mileage bonus, bringing free travel rewards closer sooner.

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Garuda Resume Service to Nagoya

Garuda Indonesia is actively considering reestablishing flight operations to cities in Japan abandoned when traffic dropped dramatically following terrorist attacks on Bali.
Garuda currently operates flights to Tokyo and Osaka and may soon re-open service to Nagoya, a service twice-abandoned after the 2002 and 2005 terror bombings in Bali.

Another Garuda service to Fukuoka was similarly discontinued when Japanese tourism arrivals to Bali nose-dived due to terrorism.

Bisnis Bali quoted the Airline's manager in Bali, Uun Setiawan, as saying brisk demand from the Japanese market and improving arrival numbers have created a "strong potential" for the reopening of the Bali-Nagoya service.

Japanese arrival numbers during the first four months of 2007 improved +57.53% (107,254) when compared to the same months just one year before. These totals equal Japanese arrivals in 2000 and 2001, years of record-high arrivals to Bali from that market.

Australian Airline Jetstar to Bali

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Australian airline Jetstar is to double its direct services between Sydney and Bali to four times weekly from October 28, in response to a bounce-back in Australian traveler demand, it said this week.

The additional two weekly A330 services from Sydney will see the budget carrier operating six flights a week between the Australian east coast and Bali.

Jetstar is the low-cost arm of national airline Qantas, which came under takeover speculation earlier this year and which this week was criticized by Australian tourism operators as “harming” Bali’s tourism by not proving more than its currently scheduled two weekly flights to the island.