More International Airlines Returning to Bali More and more international airlines are resuming their regular flight schedules to and from Bali. After Jetstar Airways Australia and Garuda Indonesia have resumed their Melbourne and Sydney to Bali routes the first Jetstar flight from Perth carrying 153 passengers has arrived at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport on April 8.
Jetstar is set to operate this newly opened flight route 7 daily which added another opportunity for travel-hungry Australians to return to Bali for a holiday. Emirates has also announced to resume their Dubai-Bali-Dubai route on by May 1. Dubai was, along with Doha in Qatar, well known as one of the busiest hubs for international flights between Europe and Asia before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic changed everything 2 years ago. Emirates are set to serve the resumed flight route 5 times a week for now before going back to daily flights after a two months probation period. We're expecting more airlines to resume their flight routes to Bali in the near future.
Regular international routes served by Bali's I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport have increased again with the operation of the Bangkok-Bali flight route pp. This route is officially re-served by an airline from Thailand, Thai AirAsia. President Director of PT Angkasa Pura I Faik Fahmi explained that after opening the route to Perth last week, now the route from Bali and to Bangkok is back in operation. As a tourist destination route, he hopes that the reconnection of these cities will increase the interest of the world community to return to travel safely and comfortably, of course in accordance with health protocols.
“Thailand is the third Southeast Asian country connected to Bali, after previously Singapore and Malaysia,” he said in an official statement, Wednesday (13/4/2022). As for AP I data, currently, there are several airlines that have obtained route permits, as well as airlines that are in the process of reactivating flight routes through the Ministry of Transportation. “At the end of the week, there will also be more. We are very optimistic about the prospect of regular international flights to and from Bali,” he added. With the operation of this route, I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport now serves nine regular international routes, namely Singapore, Melbourne, Sydney, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Doha, Istanbul, Perth, and Bangkok. The airlines that serve regular international flights to and from Bali are Garuda Indonesia, Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Jetstar Asia, Scoot, KLM, Jetstar, AirAsia, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, and most recently Thai AirAsia.
In total, there are 11 national and foreign airlines serving 9 flight routes to and from Bali. Since the return of regular international flight routes at I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport on February 3, 2022, until Monday (11/04) there were 64,361 passengers and 513 aircraft movements in and out of Bali. If detailed, there were 40,806 passengers and 259 aircraft movements arriving, and 23,555 passengers and 254 aircraft movements leaving Bali.
Meanwhile, AirAsia expressed optimism in the trend of restoring public interest in travelling. According to management, Bangkok-Bali has historically been a very popular route with an average number of requests of more than 80 percent before the pandemic, and the first post-pandemic flight this time is enough to show the trend of recovering Thai tourists' interest in visiting Bali. “This can be seen from the number of passengers as many as 128 people, almost all of whom are foreign nationals and the majority are Thai citizens,” said AirAsia Group's official release. The inaugural flight of this route is served with flight number FD396 which departs from Don Mueang Airport with 128 passengers, and lands on the runway of I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport at 11.53 WITA after travelling 4 hours. The same plane then flew back to Bangkok at 12:56 WITA carrying 29 passengers using flight number FD397. According to the schedule, this flight will be served twice a week, namely every Tuesday and Saturday.