Saturday 26 April 2008

Garuda Indonesia’s Bali seats in high demand

26 April 2008

Media release

Garuda Indonesia's Bali seats in high demand

Australians visiting Bali are on the increase according to the
Australian Bureau of Statistics with information released this month.

According to the ABS, "the number of movements in February 2008
(32,100 movements) is 44% higher than in February 2007 and 16% higher
than in February 1998. The number of short-term resident departures to
Indonesia in February 2008 was the second highest trend figure
recorded over the ten year period and is a strong indication that
Australian residents are again seeing Indonesia (and most likely Bali)
as a desirable holiday destination."

This huge resurgence has led Garuda Indonesia to look at more
efficient ticketing time limits in order to make ticketing more
efficient for both the agent and the client. These new time limits
mean that the seats held will be used. Travel agents will no longer be
affected by those "tyre kickers" who shop around and hold onto seats
whilst looking for a better price. Agents will have seats available
for genuine travelers who wish to use and pay for their seat.

Mr. Poerwoko, General Manager Australia & Southwest Pacific, said,
"The new ticketing time limits are also a positive step for agents
because clients are now encouraged to commit to a booking rather than
making numerous changes causing the agent more work. The new 60 day
time limit in particular will allow plenty of time for careful
consideration whilst avoiding a cavalier approach to holding seats."

He said, "The ticketing time limits are also excellent for the client
because once they are ticketed they are not affected by any increases
in taxes or fuel surcharges."

He said, "The savvy agent can also benefit from these new ticketing
time limits because of the insurance sales opportunities which have
now been created. There is a strong argument for buying travel
insurance that protects the client against cancellation charges that
come into effect once ticketed."

New time limits follow.

For all bookings created on/after 16 April 2008, Garuda Indonesia
advises the following AUTO TIME LIMIT and AUTO CANCELLATION

Booking Period

Ticketing Time Limit

11 Months - 03 Months prior to Departure

60 Days after Confirmation

03 Months - 01 Month prior to Departure

30 Days prior to Departure

30 Days - 07 Days prior to Departure

03 Days after Confirmation

06 Days - 03 Days prior to Departure

24 Hours after Confirmation

02 Days - 00 Days prior to Departure

Immediate ticketing

Bookings made prior to 16APR08 should not be affected by this change.

A full service airline, Garuda Indonesia offers 17 flights weekly from
Perth, 5 flights per week from Sydney, 3 flights weekly from Melbourne
and twice weekly from Darwin.

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