Bali is one of the most in-demand destinations for Australian tourists. Dozens of flights depart from the land down under to the Island of the Gods every day of the week.
But in October this year, one popular flight route between Australia and Bali will be put on pause.
Low-cost airline Jetstar has confirmed the cancellation of flights between Darwin and Denpasar between 9th October and 28th October 2023.
In early July this year, representatives from Jetstar and Darwin Airport confirmed that major construction works at the airport might impact scheduling and suggested that flights may be canceled in the spring.
Tickets for travel between Darwin International Airport and I Gusti Ngurah Rai have been taken off sale between 9-28th October.
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In a press statement, Jetstar confirmed, “We have received confirmation from the Department of Defence that Darwin Airport runway works are going ahead in October.”
Jetstar has committed to supporting customers who are impacted by flight cancellations.
The statement continues, “We are contacting customers who are booked to travel during the three-week works period to discuss their options, including indirect flights via another port, a travel credit, or a refund to their original form of payment.”
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The airline has tanked customers for their understanding and acknowledges that the flight cancellations will be “disappointing” and “frustrating” for Bali lovers. Normal flight services by Jetstar between Darwin and Bali will resume from Sunday, 29th October 2023.
Currently, travelers are still able to book flights from Darwin airport to other cities within Australia with Jetstar.
One suggested travel route to Bali from Darwin during October is to fly from Darwin to Brisbane and onwards to Bali.
Traveling with a different airline on an indirect route to Bali is also still possible from Darwin Airport. Singapore Airlines is currently still running international flights out of Darwin Airport throughout October, meaning tourists can travel to Bali via a short layover in Singapore.
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New travel data shows that Jetstar is the most popular airline to travel to Bali with.
Bali’s I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport is one of the busiest airports in Indonesia, having served over 11,887,437 passenger movements between January and the end of July 2023.
During a press conference last week, the General Manager of I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport, Handy Heryudhitiawan, revealed the latest travel trends at Bali Airport.
He said, “The busiest airline serving international flights in July was Jetstar Airways, with 724 aircraft movements serving 156,450 passengers.”
The next most popular airline to fly internationally into Bali in July 2023 was AirAsia, which operated 684 aircraft movements serving 107,079 passengers. AirAsia Indonesia was followed by Batik Air Malaysia, which operated 472 movements assisting 94,778 passengers in the month of July.
As Bali Airport continues to welcome hundreds of thousands of passengers every month, officials want to ensure that the arrivals process is as efficient as possible.
During a visit to the airport last month, Silmy Karim, Director General of Immigration at the Ministry of Law and Human Rights of the Republic of Indonesia, set ambitious targets for the operations team.
He wants to ensure that the queue for immigration at the arrivals terminal is never more than 20 minutes, even in rush hour and even at the height of the high season.
Silmy has pledged to provide Bali Airport with the resources necessary to hit the new targets. He explained, “We will upgrade equipment such as automated so that later it will also make it easier to speed crossings.”
Since the launch of the new daily Dubai-Bali flight run by Emirates on the world’s largest commercial airplane, more immigration officers have been stationed at the counters throughout the day to best manage the increasing volume of tourists arriving in Bali on a daily basis.
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