More South Koreans Bound for Bali

Angkasa Pura I—The managers of Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport have confirmed that two South Korean Airlines are keen to operate more direct flights to the Island. This development is expected to significantly boost the tourism industry in Bali, offering more convenience and options for travelers. 

As reported by and the State News Agency Antara, Handy Heryudhitiawan, the general manager of Angkasa Pura I, proudly proclaimed that the international airline community still holds Bali in high regard as an attractive and sought-after destination, a testament to its unique charm and appeal.

Heryudhitiawan explained that Air Busam and Jeju Air will soon realize their plans to fly to Bali. The new flights are still the subject of intensive discussion, which must be concluded first to confirm the specific date of flight commencement.

The Angkasa Pura I manager confirmed that Jeju Air has already obtained permission for a “flight slot” from the Indonesian Ministry of Transportation to operate from Incheon and Busan. Garuda Indonesia and Korean Air already operate direct flights between Bali and South Korea.

Blai’s Ngurah Rai Airport currently operates 19 domestic air routes flown by 13 airlines and 33 international routes flown by 36 carriers.

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Meanwhile, the total number of passengers traveling through Bali’s Airport in Q1 2024 was 5.1 million, traveling on 10,312 domestic and international flight movements. Compared with Q1 2023, this is an increase of 17% when 4.4 passengers passed through the Airport.

Airport managers project that the Ngurah Rai Airport will handle 23.6 million passengers in 2024.

For the period January – April 2024, the Bali Statistic Agency (BPS) placed Japanese tourists as the fifth most significant source of inbound visitors; in the same period, 82,000 South Koreans visited Bali, an increase of +37% from 2023 when almost 60,000 South Koreans visited Bali.

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