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JETSTAR’S inaugural Perth to Bali flight was packed today despite an updated warning on travel to the Indonesian island
October 27th, 2008

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade updated its travel advice for Indonesia on Friday, warning the imminent executions of the Bali bombers would compound an already significant terrorism risk.

The update followed Friday’s announcement by Indonesia that the three Islamic militants would be put before a firing squad in early November for their roles in the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings.

Jetstar corporate relations general manager Simon Westaway said the travel warning had been in place for many years, but Bali remained a popular destination for Australians.

“The level of warning isn’t changed but they did reissue an advisory and we will obviously be continuing to monitor the situation,” Mr Westaway said.

“The important point to make is the existing warning has been in place for Bali for many years now.”

The warning had not deterred travellers on the first flight on the Jetstar service from Perth.

“I’m just observing here at the airport this morning, we’ve got a full flight load of people going up to Denpasar and from our perspective it’s business as usual,” Mr Westaway said.

Bali has regained its popularity as a holiday destination since the Bali bombings in 2002 and 2005.

Mr Westaway said the market had returned solidly in the last 18 months and Jetstar had added additional capacity out of Sydney and Melbourne in response.

The Perth service will fly tri-weekly initially before being boosted to four times a week in December, Mr Westaway said.

“Bali has returned as a destination for Australians, it has in many ways always been Australia’s leading international playground in terms of visitation,” he said.

Foreign Minister Stephen Smith yesterday advised Australians to check official travel advice before travelling to Bali.

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