Taiwan-based China Airlines has officially resumed its Taipei-Bali route, with the first flight landing at the I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport on Friday afternoon, signaling the return of Taiwanese tourists to the Island of Gods.
Flight CI-771 landed at the Bali airport at 3pm carrying 163 passengers, after flying for 5.5 hours from Taoyuan airport. The airplane returned to Taoyuan airport at 4.21pm under Flight CI-772.
China Airlines’ Taiwan-Bali route is scheduled to operate every Tuesday and Friday.
“This flight adds the number of airlines at the Ngurah Rai Airport operating international flights to a total of 24,” state-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura I president director Faik Fahmi said in a statement yesterday.
In 2019, Faik added, Ngurah Rai served 50 international flight routes from 35 international airlines. He said that these numbers are now “the minimum target to achieve” this year, as Bali tourism awakens from its pandemic slumber.
That year, Ngurah Rai saw 116,099 Taiwanese sunseekers flocking to Bali.