Malaysia’s budget airline Batik Air has announced that their Bali-Melbourne flight schedule will resume as of 17th June 2022. The announcement comes just in time for the beginning of Bali’s first viable peak season since the pandemic began.
The resumption of the Melbourne to Bali route brings a reason for celebration on both sides of the Timor Sea. For Mebournians access to Bali just became cheaper and easier, and for the Bali tourism sector, the number of potential international arrivals just soared. The tourism sector in Bali, and across Indonesia, is officially in a period of growth, and academics have advised that a phased and continued cautious approach will support a sustained recovery.
Batik Air’s Bali to Melbourne flight schedule resumes four times weekly to begin with. As travel demand continues to increase so too with flight availability. Batik Air operations teams would have conducted feasibility studies to ensure that a four times weekly schedule will provide enough seats for prospective travelers and be profitable for the airline.
Flights from Melbourne to Bali will take off at 6.40 am local time and land in Bali at 11.05 am Bali-time every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. The flight time is 5 hours and 30 minutes.
Flights from Bali to Melbourne will leave Denpasar at 11 pm local time and arrive in Melbourne at 5.40 am local time the following morning. Flights take off from Bali every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.
In a press release, Batik Air’s CEO Capt. Mushafiz Bin Mustafa Bakri said ‘Batik Air is very pleased to add Melbourne to the international service map. Flights provide added value to both countries with transit in Denpasar. Bali is one of the regular destinations for travelers from Melbourne and Kuala Lumpur’.
He went on to say ‘Melbourne will be increasingly attractive for business needs, tourism, and other sectors. Our flights to Melbourne have received positive responses since Batik Air started launching ticket sales. Furthermore, Batik Air will continue to explore and strengthen connections to Australia,”.
It is hoped that the resumption of flights from Melbourne to Bali will help boost Bali’s economy during the high season. It is not only Bali’s tourism sector that will benefit from the increase in flight availability. The import and export sector, education, and local government will all benefit from increased connections to Australia. This week Australia’s new Prime Minster Anthony Albanese traveled to Indonesia to hold personal talks with President Joko Widodo about the two nations’ special friendship.
Batik Air has been a little slower to resume flight services to Bali than other airlines, choosing to focus on increasing flight schedules to its home base of Kuala Lumpur. Last week Batik Air resumed its Kuala Lumpur to Bali flight schedule, landing its first plane on the tarmac of Ngurah Rai Airport in more than two years.
The Melbourne to Bali flight route is also being offered by premium airlines such as Qantas and Virgin Australia. Jetstar and Thai Lion Air are also operating the popular flight route. On many flight search engines, Batik Air is still listed as Malindo Air. In late April 2022, Malindo Air was officially rebranded as Batik Air. The airline is a part of the Lion Group which also oversees Thai Lion Air, Wings Air, and Lion Kangkawi operations.
In a press statement announcing the rebranding of the airline CEO Capt. Mushafiz Bin Mustafa Bakri said that he hoped that as international borders reopened that the rebrand could represent a fresh start for the airline as they offer new services. Prices for Bali-Melbourne flights with Batik Air start at IDR 2,686,050 (USD 184) one-way, tickets can be bought now and flights resume as of 17th June 2022.
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