Huge news has been announced for Australian travelers heading to Bali. Indonesia’s budget airline Citilink has confirmed that they will be resuming a daily service from the land down under to the Island of the Gods.
The news that Citilink will resume its daily service from Perth to Bali for the first time since the pandemic began is a cause for celebration.
The move comes as great news for travelers in Western Australia seeking more options when planning their next trip to Bali.
The update has received great feedback from travel leaders in Australia and Bali.
Kate Holsgrove, who is Perth Airport’s Acting Chief Executive Officer, told reporters, “It’s great that Citilink is returning, especially given that these services will bring almost 190,000 additional seats to the market, which is fantastic news for those traveling for leisure, business or education.”
She continued, “Indonesia is our nearest neighbor and one of the most popular tourist destinations for Western Australians.”
Australian tourists continue to be the most frequent international visitors to Bali, even despite recent policy changes impacting what tourist can and can’t do on the island.
The CEO of Citibank Indonesia, Dewa Rai, also shared his delight at the new flight service to Perth. “These new international routes are quite promising considering that tourists from Australia are one of the highest numbers of tourists visiting Indonesia in 2022.”
Australian tourists are set to be the most frequent visitors to Bali in 2023 once again if current trends continue.
The daily service from Perth to Bali with Citilink will start on the 19th of July. Passengers will be transported on an A320. Tickets are available now.
Citilink has also announced a brand new service from Perth to Jakarta. The flight will operate three times weekly, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, as of 29th July, 2023.
The return service from Jakarta to Perth with operate on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.
There are hopes that the new Citilink Perth to Bali service will be just one of many new international flight services to be added to the schedule at I Gusti Ngurah Rai in the coming weeks.
Speaking to the media on Monday, 3rd July, the General Manager of Bali Airport, Handy Heryudhitiawan, said that more flight services are in the pipeline.
During his announcement of Citilink’s other new international route from Bali to Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea, Heryudhitiawan shared his hopes for the rest of the year.
Heryudhitiawan said, “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.”
He added, “With the operation of the Bali-Papua New Guinea route. Currently, I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport serves 30 international routes by 36 airlines.”
Tourism stakeholders and provincial leaders in Bali are working to tow the delicate line between establishing better accessibility to the island and the negative impacts of over-tourism.
The Governor of Bali has spoken out about his desire to shift towards more sustainable and culture-based tourism and bring more high-quality, high-spending tourism to the island.
One thing is for certain, Bali is remaining as popular as ever, and the increased flight availability and the visa-on-arrival policy allowing tourists from 92 countries to pay for a 30-day visa upon landing in Bali are all working wonders for the island.
Demand for tourism on the island continues to rise. As the peak holiday season is in full swing, with more and more international arrivals landing every day, Bali is a hive of activity.
Travel data shows that tourists want to do more than just kick back and relax on the beach, and so the move towards more culture-based tourism is already underway.
Tourists are evermore excited to explore what Bali has to offer, from temples to rice paddies, from beach clubs to river rafting, and more.
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