Travel officials in Bali have confirmed that there will be more flight availability to and from I Gusti Ngurah Rai International in December.
Bali is preparing to welcome a high influx of visitors for the Christmas and New Year holidays. In 2022, over one million people arrive to celebrate the festive season on the Island of the Gods.
The Indonesian Minster for Tourism and Creative Economies, Sanidaga Uno, has confirmed to reporters that he and his teams are working with airports around the country, and airlines, to lay on more flights and stabilise ticket prices.
Speaking from Yogyakarta on Sunday 12th November, Minister Uno said, “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.”
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The Tourism Minster confirmed that Garuda, Citilink, Batik Air, Lion Air, Super Air Jet, and Air Asia have all added more flights to their schedules in December.
Minister Uno added, “Including recent ones [airlines] such as Trans Nusa and new airlines which will start at the end of 2023 or 2024 and start serving favorite routes for tourists.”
He continued, “This is actually an opportunity for destinations such as Jogjakarta, Bandung, Bromo, Tengger, Semeru, and Java-Bali because they can be reached by land.”
Minster Uno contributed to share that the movement of domestic tourists across Indonesia during the Christmas and New Year period is set to smash targets set at the beginning of the year.
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Minster Uno concluded, “We are also preparing destinations and travel patterns so that this Christmas will bring massive numbers of tourists.”
The increased flight services in December should make it easier and more affordable for tourists to plan a last-minute getaway to Bali during the festive season.
Bali receives a huge influx of domestic and international tourists over the Christmas holidays and resorts and hotels in the most popular destinations like Canggu, Seminyak, Legian, Nusa Dua, Sanur, Uluwatu, and Ubud operate at upwards of 85% occupancy.
Even though flight availability may make it easier to book a last-minute trip, tourists who have their heart set on staying at a specific resort or hotel should book their rooms as soon as possible.
In previous years, the island’s most loved accommodations have sold out long in advance for the festive season.
It just got easier for Australian tourists, Bali’s most frequent international holidaymakers, to visit the island. Last week saw the launch of the Batik Air Adelaide-Bali flight.
Speaking shortly after the inaugural flight touched town on Friday, the General Manager of Bali Airport Handy Heryudhitiawan, told reporters, “There is quite a lot of demand. That’s why we are very happy that Batik Air is flying to Bali and is opening the old market.”
“This means that the Bali tourism market has grown, especially Australia, which is very promising.”
He confirmed that I Gusti Ngurah Rai International is now operating direct flights to eight cities in Australia. These are Darwin, Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Gold Coast, Cairns, and now Adelaide too.
The General Manager added, “So with this [new Adelaide-Bali flight] there are already 36 airlines operating internationally at Ngurah Rai Airport with a total of 30 destinations, Australia itself is Denpasar’s biggest market and there are already eight cities served from Bali.”
The Director of Operations for Batik Air, Bendri Mardas, told reporters, “Adelaide is the fourth city for Batik Air flights after Perth, Sydney and Melbourne.”
“We see that this direction has great potential by providing access also for connecting flights Batik Air.”
He confirmed that the airline plans to open a Bali-Canberra direct service in March 2024.
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