Travelers planning to spend Christmas and New Year in Bali may be in for a shock if they look at ticket prices this week.
As the Indonesian Central Statistics Agency and Ministry for Transport reveal new travel figures ahead of the Christmas holidays, airlines appear to be hiking their prices.
Just last week the Indonesian Minster for Tourism and Creative Economies, Sanidaga Uno, confirmed to reporters that airports and airlines across the country will be putting on more flights to meet increased demand for travel this festive season.
Speaking to reporters during a visit to Yogyakarta, Minister Uno shared “With the increase in the number of flights and the availability of seats, the supply will increase, and at Christmas and New Year we hope that airline ticket prices will be stable and affordable.”
This was a hope echoed by many tourists, domestic and international. However, this week some Bali flights have soared in price, while others have been heavily discounted. It’s time to get scouring the flight search engines!
With Black Friday deals already live for some airlines, travelers are already searching for deals.
The Ministry of Transportation and the Transportation Policy Agency has published the results of a nationwide survey of domestic travelers and their travel plans for the Christmas and New Year holidays this year.
I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport will be the busiest airport in the country, alongside Soekarno Hatta Airport in Jakarta.
Latest travel deals show that the cheapest one-way direct flight tickets between the capital Jakarta and Bali cost between IDR 985,000 and IDR 1 million for economy class sets with Air Asia, Super Air Jet, and Pelita Air, starting from 19th December.
Throughout the rest of the year, flights between the two cities are considerably lower, especially when booked in advance.
In terms of international flights, the fluctuations in ticket prices have not yet been too significant. In fact, for tourists planning long-haul journeys to Bali, Garuda Indonesia may just be worth checking out.
The country’s national carrier is hosting the Garuda Indonesia International Travel Fair (GATF) event online and in partnership with travel agents.
Discounts of up to 80% are featured in the travel deals to leading destinations in Indonesia from Hong Kong, Singapore, and Seoul. For tens of thousands of long-haul travelers to Bali, a layover in Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur is necessary.
For those traveling between now and November 25th, 2024, it might be worth spending some time scrolling for deals.
It may be possible to snap up a round-trip flight from Bali to Singapore, Hong Kong, or Seoul and then book the first/last leg of the long-haul trip on a separate booking.
Speaking to reporters Garuda Indonesia President Director Irfaniaputra said “Optimizing various peak season periods at the end of the year and in 2024, it is hoped that this GATF International event can optimize the level of foreign tourist visits to Indonesia through the availability of attractive offers to enjoy the end of year holidays in various destinations in Indonesia via direct flights from Hong Kong, Singapore and Seoul.”
Infraniaputra concluded In addition to accommodating the increasingly competitive accessibility of flight services for international passengers, we hope that holding the 2023 International GATF can be momentum in itself in encouraging the growth of international tourist movements towards Indonesia.”
What is clear is that Bali will be busy this Christmas and New Year holiday. Last year, over one million tourists arrived on the island for the holidays.
The Indonesian Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi, has confirmed that over 107 million Indonesian tourists will be traveling domestically this festive season.
A survey has shown that 45% of domestic travelers are planning to visit major tourist destinations in Indonesia, such as Bali.
The atmosphere in Bali over the Christmas and New Year period is always buzzing and celebratory. Although Bali is a majority Balinese Hindu province, within the majority Muslim nation of Indonesia, Christmas is widely celebrated.
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