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Top Airline Increases Flight Frequency To Bali 

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Top international airline Air New Zealand has confirmed that it will now operate direct flights to Bali from Aotearoa, New Zealand year-round.

The news comes as a welcome update for travelers from New Zealand who have previously had to have a layover in Australia if traveling to Denpasar in the winter months. 

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Until now, tourists traveling from New Zealand to Bali could only secure a direct flight between March and October. Outside of this time period, tourists could fly to I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport with airlines like Qantas or Jetstar with a layover in Australia. 

The new flight service from Air New Zealand will operate throughout the year with changing frequency to reflect the high and low seasons. Between April and October the service will run five to seven times a week, reducing to twice a week between the middle of February and the end of March.

To mark this super special occasion Air New Zealand will be offering flight tickets on this new service starting at $699, with the promotion running until the 23rd June 2024. 

In a press statement the Air New Zealand Chief Customer and Sales Officer, Leanne Geraghty, said “Bookings to Bali have been strong since we relaunched our seasonal service in March 2023. This year’s seasonal flights have proven even more popular, with thousands of Kiwis booking Bali breaks over the last few months.”

This new year-round flight service from New Zealand to Bali means that there are over 800 seats per week on offer from Aotearoa to Denpasar.

This in turn dramatically reduced the travel time for tourists, with direct flights taking around 9.5 hours, as opposed to 12-18 hours on services that require a layover. 

The news that Air New Zealand will be increasing flight availability to Denpasar comes in the same week that two Korean airlines have confirmed more flights to the Island of the Gods.

The General Manager of Bali Airport, Handy Heryudhitiawan, has confirmed that Air Busan and Jeju Air will soon be offering direct flights from the South Korean city of Busan.

The new service will make it easier for South Korean tourists to travel directly to Bali without a layover in Shanghai, China, or Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The new service will also make it easier for tourists who are jetting off around Southeast and East Asia to explore the wonders of South Korea after ticketing Bali and the Indonesian archipelago off their bucket list.


In more flight and travel news, on the 25th June Etihad Airways will be launching a new direct flight service from Abu Dhabi International Airport to I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport.

The service from Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates will operate four time a weekly and will be run on the new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. 

The outbound flight, EY 476, will depart from Abu Dhabi Airport and operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays taking off at 22.25 pm and arriving at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport at 11.35 am. 


The return service, named flight EY 477, will run every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday, jetting off from Denpasar at 18.45 pm and touching down in the United Arab Emirates at 23.45 pm. 

Bali Airport is set to experience its busiest year since the pandemic began, and if travel trends continue, Bali could see more tourists in 2024 than even before the pandemic.

By the end of April 2024 the over 5 million tourists had passed through Bali’s domestic and international terminals with 10,312 domestic and international aircraft movements.


Heryudhitiawan has confirmed that he and his teams predict that in 2024, Ngurah Rai Airport will be able to accommodate as many as 23.6 million passenger movements.

With such a high volume of tourists set to pass through Bali Airport in the coming high season, it is advisable for tourists to make the most of the e-visa on arrival option, arranging their visa before touching down in Bali, which means that they can use the newly installed autogates to speed up the arrivals process. 

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Wayan Bo

Friday 7th of June 2024

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