Jakarta. National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia announced on Friday (05/01) that it will commence regular flights from Bali to two new destinations in China at the end of January.
"At the beginning of the new year, we will start operating two new international routes to China – Xi'an [in Shaanxi Province] and Zhengzhou [in Henan Province] – from Denpasar. These new routes are part of our continued efforts to maximize the potential market for tourism from China," said Sigit Muhartono, cargo director at Garuda Indonesia.
The East Asian country has become a significant market for Garuda, with around 120 million Chinese tourists traveling to various destinations around the world annually.
"These new routes represent companywide optimism about increasing our market share. China represents 35 percent of Garuda's market," Sigit said.
"The two new routes to China are also part of our efforts to regain the momentum after the eruption of Mount Agung in Bali. We are confident that these new routes will play a key part in the recovery of Bali's tourism sector," he added.
The service between Denpasar and Xi'an will commence on Jan. 29, with two weekly flights – on Mondays and Fridays – using Garuda's Airbus A330 jets, which can seat up to 360 passengers.
The service between Denpasar and Zhengzhou will commence on Jan. 30, with three weekly flights – on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays – using Airbus A330-300 jets.
Garuda Indonesia currently operates at least 63 weekly flights to Chinese destinations, including Chengdu, Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai.