Indonesia is handing out discounts to encourage airlines to restart Bali routes

PT Angkasa Pura I manages Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport. Photo: Angkasa Pura I
PT Angkasa Pura I manages Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport. Photo: Angkasa Pura I

Indonesia’s airport management firm says it is giving out financial stimuli for airlines to restart their international routes to and from Bali, with the island now reopened for tourists from select countries.

In a statement issued this week, PT Angkasa Pura I (AP I), which manages Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport, said they are giving discounts on landing fees from Oct. 14, 2021 to 30 June, 2022. The program is open to both international and domestic airlines. 

Until the end of December, airlines with international flights headed for Bali won’t have to pay any landing fees, the statement said. Afterwards, from Jan. 1 to June 30, they’d still get to enjoy a 50 percent discount. 

“We are hoping that with this incentive, it would ease the airlines’ burden to reactivate their international routes to and from Bali,” AP I CEO, Faik Fahmi, said. 

There are certain criteria that airlines must fulfill to get this incentive, such as the flights having to be commercial. Freighter, charter, or general aviation, on the other hand, would not be eligible for the program. 

AP I also said airlines that are granted the stimulus would also get marketing support from the company, such as having their routes promoted on social media. 

Bali reopened to international tourists from 19 eligible countries yesterday, but Ngurah Rai has yet to actually welcome international flights, with a spokesman citing what appears to be the result of bureaucratic hiccups. 

It’s clear that the reopening won’t have immediate results, but Governor Wayan Koster is already flagging that a busy November should be expected, as he claimed that more than 20,000 foreign tourists have already booked their Bali hotel rooms for next month.

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