Three more international airlines requested landing slots for resume operations in March, said PT Angkasa Pura I (AP I) president director Faik Fahmi.
So far, only Garuda Indonesia and Singapore Airlines have resumed direct flights to Bali from Tokyo (GA) and Singapore (SQ), respectively.
Fahmi expressed his satisfaction with the three airlines’ plans to revive their old Bali routes.
The reintroduction of additional flights is an encouraging sign that foreign travelers are willing to vacation in Bali, the CEO said.
“AP I welcomes the plan to reactivate KLM Royal Dutch, Scoot Tiger Air and Jetstar Airways international flight route slots at I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport in Bali.”
“This is a positive sign for the recovery of international airlines and the confidence of foreign tourists to fly and vacation in Bali,” he added.
These are the plans:
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines – KLM Royal Dutch Airlines wants to add four weekly flights as an extension of the existing route between Amsterdam and Singapore, which uses a Boeing 777 with a capacity of 408 passengers.
Scoot Tiger Air – this airline signed up to fly three times a week between Singapore and Denpasar, using an Airbus A-320 aircraft with 108 seats.
Jetstar Airways: Jetstar Airways is also applying for and receiving final authorization to fly three times a week on the Singapore-Denpasar, Sydney-Denpasar and Melbourne-Denpasar routes.
On the Singapore-Denpasar route, Jetstart wants to employ an Airbus 320 with 180 seats.
Meanwhile, Jetstar’s Sydney-Denpasar and Melbourne-Denpasar flights will be operated by a Boeing B-788 with 335 seats or an Airbus A-321/A-320 with 323 or 186 seats, respectively.
Supporting the resumption of international routes to Bali, Governor Wayan Koster announced that national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia will also restart flights from Sydney to Denpasar.
“I got a call from the CEO of Garuda Indonesia about the plan to (reopen the flight path) from Sydney to Denpasar,” Koster told reporters at a news conference in Denpasar on Saturday.
The new Sydney-Bali route will be a good first step towards recovery as the local economy has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, Koster said.
“We hope that the number of international flights to Bali will gradually increase and that this will positively affect the economy,” added Fahmi.
Bali Airport has received 639 passengers since Garuda and Singapore Airlines restarted international flights to Bali on Feb.