“Garuda and the Tourism Ministry have agreed that the only way to boost foreign tourist visits is by introducing direct flights to Denpasar. Hopefully, we can make it through this crisis and start direct flights from countries that have large spending capabilities.”
https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/202 ... urism.html
The reasoning for launching even if they face losses, taking Paris as an example:
"Because if a Parisian, a Frenchman spends US$10,000 on his vacation in Bali, there is no problem if Garuda loses US$500 per passenger, because we can get US$10,500 in this country."
https://www.cnbcindonesia.com/market/20 ... ncis-india
I believe Garuda was supposed to do CGK-NRT-LAX a few years ago but it never launched due to Japan not favoring them carrying passengers on NRT-LAX or something?
Either way, great to see new routes, and finally a link between Indonesia and the United States.