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Bali welcomes first international flight in nearly two years

Jetliner from Tokyo brings 12 travelers to island, clouding future plans

The "Island of the Gods" lags other Southeast Asian destinations that are making it easier for tourists to arrive without quarantining.   © Antara Foto/Reuters

JAKARTA -- Indonesia's holiday island of Bali on Thursday welcomed its first direct international flight in nearly two years, as the government plots a full reopening of the popular tourist destination.

But the jetliner only carried a couple of handfuls of travelers, leaving any schedule for future flights unclear and the tourism-dependent island with little hope that its plight might soon be over.

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