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Garuda Indonesia drops Japan-Bali flight over omicron

Sole international service to tourism-dependent island due to have started Sunday

Garuda Indonesia has cancelled planned flights connecting Bali and Japan.    © Reuters

JAKARTA -- Garuda Indonesia, the country's flagship air carrier, has canceled planned flights connecting Tokyo and Bali due to concerns over the omicron COVID variant, dealing a further blow to the tourism-dependent island.

Garuda had planned a weekly flight between Japan's Haneda Airport to Jakarta with a stop off in Bali from Dec. 5 through the end of the month in what would have been the first direct international flight to the island since it reopened to tourists mid-October.

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