Rutankrd From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 3045 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2535 times:
Large Indonesian and Malay populations (Dutch East Indies)
Try Amsterdam !
The UK services traditionally carried heavy tourist traffic to Bali and Australia.
The Australia traffic has almost certainly gone elsewhere, and Bali has yet to recover from the terrorist outrages, compounded with the a lack of direct European services.
A Gatwick - Denpasar (Bali) link is a possibility - Much more than Jakarta, however a frequency is likely to be only two weekly and may well be combined with a German stop at either Frankfurt or Munich.
GFFgold From Indonesia, joined Feb 2007, 443 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2380 times:
Quoting Rutankrd (Reply 6): A Gatwick - Denpasar (Bali) link is a possibility - Much more than Jakarta, however a frequency is likely to be only two weekly and may well be combined with a German stop at either Frankfurt or Munich.
I'd agree. I think GA will want to see results from CGK-AMS first. This will put them head-to-head with KL, which might be interesting. It is also true that there are a whole lot more options for travel between Indonesia and Europe than there were when GA last operated the route. The mid-east carriers have been expanding their presence at CGK and while most of their business is to/from the Gulf there are lots of onward connections at keen prices offered by EK, EY and QR.
If GA could get enough tour operators on board then a LGW-DPS service is not impossible but such a service would remain very vulnerable to negative sentiments about the Bali tourist trade.