Garuda Indonesia to resume Seoul-Bali route next month

File photo of a Garuda Indonesia airplane. Credit: Unsplash/Fasyah Halim.
File photo of a Garuda Indonesia airplane. Credit: Unsplash/Fasyah Halim.

Kamsahamnida! Indonesia’s flag carrier Garuda Indonesia is set to resume direct flights connecting Seoul and Bali early next month in a move that is expected to further attract South Korean travelers to the Island of Gods.

The Seoul-Denpasar flight is scheduled to operate every Sunday and Monday with an Airbus A330 that can carry as many as 251 passengers. The first flight is scheduled on Dec. 4, connecting the Incheon International Airport and the I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport.

“The return of the Seoul-Denpasar flight commemorates the 50th anniversary of the bilateral relations between Indonesia and South Korea,” Garuda Indonesia CEO Irfan Setiaputra said in a statement yesterday evening.

South Koreans traditionally make up a large portion of foreign travelers in Bali. According to the Embassy of South Korea in Jakarta, at least 200,000 travelers from the country enjoyed Bali in 2019 – before the pandemic.

The popularity of Bali amongst South Koreans was evident with the opening of the Consulate of South Korea in May 2021.

On July 14, the Ngurah Rai airport welcomed a Korean Air plane that brought 265 passengers from the Incheon International Airport in its first flight to Bali since the pandemic.

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