On Friday, AirAsia launched flights between
Perth and Bali. From 19 August 2009, AirAsia will be servicing the
Bali-Perth route between Ngurah Rai International Airport and
Perth Airport with 2 direct daily flights. Jointly, AirAsia Group
has 21 flights weekly to Perth inclusive of one daily direct
flight departing from Kuala Lumpur.
Perth is the first Australian destination to be
serviced from Indonesia by AirAsia Indonesia and it is the 4th
international route operated from the Bali hub after Kuala Lumpur,
Bangkok and Singapore.
Executive Officer of AirAsia Indonesia said, “Bali is an ideal and
exciting choice as it is a prime holiday destination for
Australians. With its unique culture, spectacular beaches, water
sports activities, Bali needs no introduction to them.”
The number of Australian
tourists visiting Bali in the first quarter of 2009 rose 24.85% to 71,970 from 57,647 in the same period last year.
Australian tourists accounted for 14.67% of the total
number of tourists visiting Bali in the first quarter. Out of the number, 71,199 of the Australian tourists visited Bali
via Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar.
“We are very keen to position Bali as the gateway to Indonesia and
other Asean cities as the airport also offers strong domestic and
international connections. Indeed we have recorded an increase of
inbound traffic to Bali and other parts of Indonesia from Perth
and surrounding Western Australia with the inclusion of this new
Perth-Bali service,” added Dharmadi.
Perth Airport Chief Executive Officer
Brad Geatches said he was extremely pleased that AirAsia
was now operating services between Perth and Denpasar.
“The introduction of this new route is great
news for West Australians who can now expect more
competitively-priced flights and greater access to this favourite
holiday destination,” Mr Geatches said. “This new service not only
offers great value flights to Denpasar, it also opens up the
entire Asia region to travellers who can use Bali as a stop over
to other destinations. We expect both our inbound and outbound
traveller numbers to continue to grow over the coming months
thanks to the new service.”
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