Speaking after a coordination meeting with several stakeholders at Ngurah Rai Airport in Bali on Thursday (11/1/24,) Sandiaga Uno, Indonesia’s Tourism and Creative Economy Minister, announced that three more foreign airlines had proposed new and additional routes to Bali, according to Antara News.
“We are making all-out efforts in 2024 for additional flights to Bali, especially before the Chinese New Year holiday,” he said.
Sandiaga said the airlines include Juneyao Airlines from Shanghai, China, which is scheduled to begin a regular flight to Bali on January 20, 2024, to welcome the 2024 Chinese New Year holiday season.
Meanwhile, Turkish Airlines plans to increase flight frequency on the Istanbul-Bali-Istanbul route, according to Antara News, adding that Sandiaga said they have yet to furnish details about plans for additional flights.
In addition, according to Antara News, Etihad Airways plans to make its first flight scheduled for April 2024 serving the Abu Dhabi-Bali-Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) route. Sandiaga said the first flight is expected to support quality and sustainable tourism due to increased flight connectivity.
“Additional connectivity from this number of flights can reach the main quality tourism markets, namely Australia, America, Europe, and Asia,” he said.
Antara News reports that based on data from the state-owned airport operator, Angkasa Pura 1, at Ngurah Rai International Airport in 2023, the number of air passengers reached 21.4-million, or an increase of 71-percent as compared to the previous year, when the figure was recorded at 12.5-million.
The number of aircraft served by the airport increased from 56-percent, or 87,558-planes, in 2022 to 136,503-aircraft throughout 2023.
Until December 2023, 18-scheduled domestic routes were served by 11-airlines and 29-international routes served by 34-airlines at Ngurah Rai International Airport, according to Antara News.
Source: Antara News