Bali officials are increasingly upbeat about the recovery of the island’s tourism sector as international flights are expected to continue trickling in.
Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport reopened to international flights on Feb. 4, with a flight from Tokyo’s Narita Airport carrying 12 tourists (previously reported as 6) ushering in the island’s tourism relaunch. In an update yesterday, Bali Governor Wayan Koster teased the imminent relaunch of two international routes to the island.
“On Feb. 16, Singapore Airlines will be flying in from Singapore carrying many passengers,” Koster said in a written statement.
After that date, Singapore Airlines is set to operate daily flights from Singapore to Bali.
Confirming recent reports, Koster also said Australian low-cost carrier Jetstar is also expected to resume its direct routes to Bali from Melbourne and Sydney in March.
“Hopefully there won’t be any new obstacles,” the governor said about Bali’s international tourism prospects.
Separately, airport management firm PT Angkasa Pura I confirmed that Jetstar has filed a request to reactivate its Bali routes. In addition, it said Indonesian flag carrier Garuda Indonesia is working on restarting its Tokyo Narita-Bali route, while Indonesian low-cost carrier Batik Air wants to connect Singapore to Bali as well.
“As for the dates [for the relaunch of those routes], we’re not sure yet,” PT Angkasa Pura I Stakeholder Relations Manager Taufan Yudhistira said.
If you’re a foreign tourist visiting Bali in the near future, do be mindful of current COVID-19 restrictions on the island.