S Puvaneswary, Kuala Lumpur (2008-04-23)

SOME travel agents in Malaysia are warning the extension of the EU ban on all Indonesian airlines, including those flying on domestic routes through Indonesian gateways, may have ramifications for the rest of South-east Asia.

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S Puvaneswary, Kuala Lumpur (2008-04-23)

SOME travel agents in Malaysia are warning the extension of the EU ban on all Indonesian airlines, including those flying on domestic routes through Indonesian gateways, may have ramifications for the rest of South-east Asia.

There is rising concern European travel companies will move their programmes to other regions if air travel has to be factored in and the only service available is on Indonesia carriers.

Malaysia's PNL Travel adviser, Mr Zulkifli Mohd Razali, said: "If the Indonesians don't get their act together and the EU ban on all Indonesian carriers is prolonged, it may reduce the focus on South-east Asia as a holiday destination."

He added many Europeans were keen on Indonesia as the main destination because of the great variety of natural attractions, and bought trips to the neighbouring countries as an add-on.

As there are no carriers flying direct and point-to-point between a European destination and Indonesia, agents in Malaysia are seizing the chance to step up their marketing efforts and are coming up with attractive stopover packages for their European and Indonesian counterparts to sell.

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