The airline giant Emirates has resumed a daily flight service to Bali to cater to demand travelers ahead of the peak season. Emirates has only recently resumed its flight service to Bali, landing its first flight on the island in over two years on the 1st May 2022.
The airline relaunched its Bali operation with a five times weekly service, in light of an increase in demand, Emirates is now operating a daily schedule to Ngurah Rai International.
Although Emirates is based in the United Arab Emirates, the demand for the airline’s services to Bali is largely from Europe. Flight searches to Bali from London, Manchester, Barcelona, Paris, and Frankfurt are among the top ranking on the airline’s booking website. These destinations are closely followed by Warsaw and Zurich.
The company released data that showed that since the resumption of the Emirate’s Bali-Dubai flight route, the airline has completed 73 flights. These flights have carried over 29,000 passengers to the Island of the Gods in just 60-days.
There are very few direct flights from Europe to Bali. Many European travelers must take a layover on their journey to Indonesia and Dubai is becoming an increasingly affordable and efficient layover destination.
Other key layover destinations on the Europe to Bali route are Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. Some travelers can find direct flight services from Europe to the Indonesian capital of Jakarta and catch a connecting flight to Bali.
The Dubai to Bali route is not only being taken advantage of by European holidaymakers and digital nomads. Bali is becoming an increasingly popular destination for citizens and ex-pats living in the United Arab Emirates. Travelers from the United Arab Emirates are entitled to a 30-day visa on arrival in Bali, as well as citizens from 71 other countries.
The extension of the visa on arrival program in Indonesia has been attributed as an important factor for many travelers, especially those who find last-minute deals.
Emirates has been considerate with their flight scheduling, the daily flights from Dubai to Bali come after a short layover from most European cities where travelers start their journey, For example, fly from Bali to London via Dubai in mid-July with a layover time of just 2 hours and 45 minutes, the perfect amount of time for travelers to get through security, stretch legs and get to their next gate.
The flight time from Bali to Dubai is 8 hours and 55 minutes. The new daily schedule operates once daily departing Dubai at 9.10 am local time, and landing in Bali at 21.29 local time. The return flight leaves Bali at 00.05 am local time and lands in Dubai at 05.00 am local time.
On the 20th of June Indonesia’s Minster Tourism and Creative Economies, Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno, spoke at his weekly press briefing to announce his new tourism targets for Bali. He explained how he wants to see 1.5 million international visitors arrive in Bali before the end of the year, in addition to 7 million domestic tourists.
Minster Uno went on to explain how his department is working to ensure the fine balance between the supply and demand of flights to Bali. Head of the Bali Regional Tourism Promotion Board, Prof. Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati, also spoke at the briefing and explained how he feels that the availability of flights is a significant barrier to the recovery of Bali’s tourism sector.
The resumption of the Emirates daily flight schedule to Bali is a good sign that the tourism sector is bouncing back with strength after airlines, hotels, and tour operators reopened with caution. This may trigger other major airlines to increase their flight schedules to make it even easier to visit the Island of the Gods during this peak season and beyond.
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