With Garuda Indonesia and Singapore Airlines bringing an end to the prolonged drought of direct international flights to Bali with regularly scheduled service from Tokyo (GA) and Singapore (SQ), the management company for Bali’s airport confirms three additional international flight slots starting in March 2022 are now on request.
Both Balipost.com and the State News Agency Antara, are quoting the CEO of PT Angkasa Pura I (PAP I), Faik Fahmi, who says the three airlines have started the formal application process to secure a landing slot in Bali.
The three airlines said to be preparing to fly to Bali are:
- KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
- Scoot Tiger Air
- Jetstar Airways.
Fahmi commented that he welcomed plans by the three airlines to reactivate their former routes to Bali. The PAP I CEO said the resumption of more flights to Bali is a positive sign that international airlines and foreign tourists are ready to holiday in Bali.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines: PAP I said that KLM Royal Dutch Airlines plans to operate four weekly flights as an extension to their current Amsterdam to Singapore service using Boeing 777s configured to carry 408 passengers.
Scoot Tiger Air: PAP I has received an application from Scoot Tiger Air to fly three times each week connecting Singapore – Denpasar using Airbus A-320 aircraft with 108 seats.
JetStar Airways: Also, now in the application and final approval process is Jetstar Airways seeking to fly three times a week on the routes Singapore-Denpasar, Sydney-Denpasar, and Melbourne-Denpasar. Jetstar plans to use an Airbus 320 on the Singapore-Denpasar route with 180 saleable seats. Meanwhile, the Sydney-Denpasar and Melbourne-Denpasar services with Jetstar will be flown on either Boeing B-788 with 335 seats or an Airbus A-321/A-320 with, respectively, 323 or 186 seats.
Fahmi took the occasion to reiterate PAP I’s commitment to restore international airline connectivity during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. This commitment is manifested in PAP I’s strict enforcement of all government-mandated health protocols. Adding: “We hope that the number of international passengers and international flights destined to Bali will continue to gradually increase and assist the revitalization of the people’s economy and the Island’s tourism industry in a sustainable manner.”
In 2019, before the global pandemic, Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport welcomed 13,8 million passengers traveling on 78,388 flights.
By contrast, only 638 international travelers landed in Bali in the
first 18 days of February (1-18 February 2022).