Direct international flights latest: AirAsia to join list with KL-Bali route relaunch

An Indonesia AirAsia X plane. Photo: Instagram/@airasia_indo
An Indonesia AirAsia X plane. Photo: Instagram/@airasia_indo

Low-cost airline AirAsia has announced that it would reactivate its Kuala Lumpur-Bali route, making it the latest airline to return to Bali with direct international flights.

In a statement published yesterday, AirAsia said that the Kuala Lumpur-Bali route is expected to relaunch on March 21. The flight is scheduled to carry passengers three times a week until the end of March, before going full throttle (seven times per week) in April.

In the same announcement, AirAsia also said it is relaunching its Kuala Lumpur-Surabaya route, which is scheduled to begin on March 25. That flight will be immediately ready to carry travelers seven times a week. 

The two return flights joined AirAsia’s Kuala Lumpur-Jakarta route, which relaunched in October last year, flying seven times per week.

“We hope [the reactivation] of the two routes will become a start of the reactivation of other international routes in the future, not just Indonesia-Malaysia but other countries as well,” AirAsia Indonesia CEO Veranita Yosephine said

Separately, AirAsia Thailand also announced that it would resume its Bangkok-Bali flight in April, although the airline has not disclosed a specific date. 

As of the time of this publication, AirAsia Thailand has already resumed its Bangkok-Phnom Penh, Bangkok-Maldives, and Bangkok-Singapore flights.

Most recently, airlines such as Jetstar Australia, KLM Royal Dutch, and Scoot made their long-awaited return to Bali after the island was shut for some two years due to the pandemic.

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