The days of having to fly out of Sydney or Melbourne Airport to soak up the sun and sights in Bali are nearly over for Canberrans.
Canberra Airport has announced the launch of a new direct flight route between Canberra and Denpasar in Bali’s south, in partnership with Indonesian-based carrier Batik Air (owned by the Lion Air Group).
The new route will commence on 14 June 2024, and operate three times weekly.
Canberra Airport head of aviation Michael Thomson said it was “fantastic” to welcome another option to the airport’s international network that currently only includes Fiji.
“Bali is an amazing destination that blends culture, nature, and adventure and appeals to all types of travellers,” he said.
“We are also excited about the opportunity to connect Canberra to Asia through Batik’s extensive network.”
Batik Air group strategy director Chandran Rama Muthy said Canberra was the carrier’s sixth connection between Australia and Bali, providing travellers with easy access to one of Southeast Asia’s most popular destinations.
“Our objective is not only to attract travellers from Canberra to Bali but also to unveil exciting opportunities for exploration in Indonesia’s diverse secondary destinations served by Lion Air,” he said.
“We are dedicated to enhance connectivity and making travel more accessible for passengers from Australia and Indonesia, and this new route reaffirms our dedication to that objective.”
ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said the new route would “greatly benefit” Canberra.
“The route … presents a great opportunity to connect the Canberra region to South-East Asia for leisure, trade and education. The ACT Government welcomes Canberra Airport’s efforts to make it easier and cheaper to visit Canberra.”
From Denpassar, Batik Air hopes Canberrans will also access other destinations served by Lion Air, including Labuan Bajo, Lombok, Surabaya, Yogyakarta, Jakarta, Makassar, and Manado.
Information on pricing is expected to be announced on Monday, 5 February.
Original Article published by James Coleman on Riotact.