Bali’s I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport is now serving thirty international routes. The airport has just announced a new international flight service that offers tourists the opportunity to travel directly to a truly unique destination.
The General Manager of Angkasa Pura I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport, Handy Heryudhitiawan, has confirmed that there will now be direct flights from Bali to Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea.
The low-cost Indonesian airline Citilink will run a direct service twice weekly, on Thursdays and Sundays.
Heryudhitiawan told reporters, “We really appreciate the opening of this international route. Previously, flights to Port Moresby were served by Air Niugini in 2018. However, it was [not] done again after the pandemic.”
He added, “Citilink [now] serves two international routes at Ngurah Rai Airport, namely to Dili and Port Moresby.” Dili, the capital city of Timor Leste, is just a quick two-hour flight from Denpasar. The island is popular with divers and marine lovers, as well as travelers looking to get a little further off the beaten track.
Tourism in Papua New Guinea is often described as a ‘fledgling’ industry. There are hopes that with the new direct connection to one of the world’s most highly sought-after destinations, interest in travel in the country will grow.
Heryudhitiawan told reporters, “With the operation of the Bali-Papua New Guinea route. Currently, I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport serves 30 international routes by 36 airlines.”
The Head of Bali Airport also confirmed that more international routes are in the pipeline.
He explained, “We are still continuing to coordinate with all stakeholders to continue to add international routes. We congratulate Citilink on its maiden flight to Papua New Guinea. We hope this route can continue to grow and further enliven tourism on the island of Bali.”
Bali Airport is on track to not only hit but surpass targets this year.
Heryudhitiawan said, “The Bali-Port Moresby flight is momentum for I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport to expand post-pandemic international routes. Last year, we served 12 million passengers, and this year, we estimate that number will increase to 20.3 million passengers.”
For travelers planning an adventure around Indonesia, there is good news on the domestic flight route front too.
As of the 14th of July, Batik Air will launch the first direct Bali-Medan flight. The service will run daily and is ideal for international travelers who are looking to explore more of what Wonderful Indonesia has to offer outside of the Island of the Gods.
Medan, in North Sumatra, is the gateway to some of Sumatra’s most impressive destinations, including the stunning Lake Toba and Bukit Lawang, which is one of the only places in the world it is possible to catch a glimpse of orangutans in the wild.
Bali Airpot is extremely busy this month, with the peak holiday season in full swing.
The world’s largest commercial aircraft, the Boeing A380, lands daily from Dubai, bringing over 600 passengers to the island in one flight alone.
The Emirates Dubai-Bali flight is proving to be an excellent service for international travelers from far-flung destinations.
As well as being destinations in their own right, cities like Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, and Singapore continue to be vital transit zones for travelers heading to Bali.
There are some new features to be aware of at Bali Airport. Travelers will now be encouraged to scan a QR code upon arrival.
The link, which is scannable at over 30 locations around the arrivals area at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International, will show tourists the new do’s and don’t rules as outlined by Governor Koster in the last few months.
Tourists heading to Bali no longer need to show proof of vaccination status for Covid-19, although officials in Indonesia still advise tourists to download the Satusehat App to keep up to date with the latest health announcements while in the country.
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