Malaysia-based airline Malindo Air officially opened a new route that connects Sydney, Australia, and Denpasar, Bali, on Thursday. According to Antara, the maiden flight departed from Sydney Airport at 12.40 p.m., local time, and landed in I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport at 05.28 p.m., local time.
Flying Boeing 737-800 aircraft, the service will be available seven times a week. As for the return flight to Sydney, the aircraft is scheduled to depart from Bali at 10.35 p.m., local time.
PT Angkasa Pura I (AP I) I Gusti Ngurah Rai office general manager Herry AY Sikado said that Malindo Air would give more options for Australian tourists traveling to Bali. Prior to this, he said, there were only four airlines serving this route.
Meanwhile, Tourism Ministry destination development deputy secretary Edy Wardoyo hoped that the new route would improve the tourism industry and strengthen business relationships between Australia and Indonesia.
He said the service could bring 23,472 more passengers until the end of this year, adding that the ministry had set a target of attracting 1.5 million Australian tourists in 2019.