Welcome back, Aussies! Jetstar Australia lands at the Bali airport today

Stock photo of a Jetstar Australia airplane. Credit: Unsplash/Hendri Lidayani.
Stock photo of a Jetstar Australia airplane. Credit: Unsplash/Hendri Lidayani.

After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Jetstar Australia has officially resumed its flights to the Island of the Gods with their Boeing 787-8 landing at the Ngurah Rai International Airport today. 

“We are very excited to return to Bali today after two long years, and we are confident that Bali will quickly regain its position as our most popular international tourist destination now that borders are open,” said Jetstar CEO Gareth Evans.

Evans added that before the pandemic started in March 2020, Jetstar operated up to 85 return flights to Bali every week. 

Australian nationals have been traditionally amongst the top tourists in Bali, which saw their bread-and-butter economy devastated due to COVID-19. As Bali gradually reopens its international airport starting October last year (and Australia lifting its own travel restrictions), Jetstar Australia’s long-awaited landing at the airport is expected to boost Bali’s tourism again.

Australian outlets reported that Flight JQ 43 departed from Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport on Monday morning carrying at least 300 passengers. Traditional dancers at Ngurah Rai welcomed the Aussie travelers as they set foot on Balinese soil.

Jetstar Australia’s flights to Bali from Sydney and Perth are scheduled to commence in April with other Australian cities to follow suit in May.

Read also First Sydney-Bali flight in 2 years arrives as Garuda Indonesia resumes route

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