Jetstar, an Australian low-cost airline, is expected to resume direct flights to Bali soon, Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno said on Wednesday.
On February 4, Indonesia relaunched the reopening of Bali for all countries with a 4-7 day quarantine and an electronic visa. Before that, the Isle of the Gods had only 19 nations.
“Currently, there are three operators that will bring foreign tourists to Bali, namely SQ (Singapore Airlines), JQ (Jetstar Australia) and GA (Garuda Indonesia),” he said. he said the minister.
Last Monday, Garuda Indonesia restarted service from Tokyo’s Narita airport to Bali with a weekly trip.
Similarly, Singapore Airlines will resume daily direct flights from Little Red Dot to Bali on February 16.
The minister did not specify when Australians will be able to fly directly back to the island.
On February 8, however, Jetstar chose to delay its first direct flights to Bali by two weeks due to the five-day quarantine measure.
The airline had intended to resume flights between Sydney and Melbourne on March 1, but announced on Tuesday that the plan would be delayed by a fortnight.
“Due to current entry and five-day quarantine requirements, We have postponed the launch of flights from Bali to Monday 14 March from Melbourne and Tuesday 15 March from Sydney,” said a Jetstar spokeswoman.
“We will continue to monitor entry restrictions and look forward to flying to Bali when quarantine restrictions ease further.”
However, the official website is selling tickets for direct flights from Melbourne Tullamarine Airport to Bali from February 14th.
According to a Jetstar representative, customers whose flights have been canceled will be contacted by the airline in the coming days.
The Indonesian government has done its best to explain how the COVID-19 quarantine is going for tourists it’s more of a holiday warm-up than a real quarantine.
Tourists can walk throughout the property and use the pools, dining rooms, and other amenities.
However, the minister thinks that “cooperation and synergy between tourism agents, relevant agencies and the community will have a significant impact on Indonesia’s economic recovery”.
I am “always optimistic about efforts to restore tourism in Indonesia, especially Bali,” he concluded.