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New Indon airline to fly to Japan in april

Indonesia`s Air Paradise International is planning to offer flights to Japan beginning the first week of…

Indonesia`s Air Paradise International is planning to offer flights to Japan beginning the first week of April next year, its owner said here Friday.

The plan is part of API`s program to widen its international flight coverage in Asia, said I Made Wiranatha.

We will serve the Denpasar-Tokyo route thrice a week with an Airbus 300-600 beginning April 2004, he said.

The route to Tokyo will be the sixth flight destination API will serve, he said, adding that the airline also flies to Australian, South Korean and Taiwanese cities.

API flies to Perth five times a week, to Melbourne and Sydney four times a week, as well as to Taipei and Seoul thrice a week each.

We have been focusing our international flights on countries which have given great contributions to Bali`s tourism industry, he said.

API wants to lure as much foreign tourists as possible to the world-renowned resort island, he said. Denpasar-based API was set up last February. Wiranatha said API is also planning to fly to European countriesin mid-2004.

It will likely serve routes to London and Paris thrice a week,he said.

The airline, he said, will also increase the number of its flights to Perth from five to seven times a week, Melbourne and

Sydney from four to six times a week, as well as Taipei, Seoul and Tokyo from thrice to four times a week beginning next year.

Meanwhile, data from the immigration office at the Ngurah Rai International Airport showed that 900,193 foreign tourists arrived in Bali from January to November this year.

Japan had sent the largest number of tourists (164,328), followed by Taiwan (164,305) and Australia (122,895).

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