MANGUPURA, Bali (BPN) – Bali’s I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport welcomed the first direct flight from India served by Vistara airline from Delhi, on Friday (Dec. 1). The direct flight is hoped will have a positive impact on tourism in Bali.
“Finally, Bali is connected directly with India via the inaugural flight operated by Vistara. This long-awaited flight route is officially operational today,” said Faik Fahmi, Director of PT Angkasa Pura I (state-owned airport management) on Friday (Dec 1).
Faik Fahmi explained that in 2019, tourists from India ranked third in the number of foreign tourist arrivals in Bali, following tourists from Australia and China.
“At that time there were no direct flights from India to Bali, only connecting flights. We believe that this direct flight route will increase the number of tourists from India in Bali,” he said.
Based on the data of the Ngurah Rai Immigration Office, in 2019, the number of Indian tourists who arrived at Bali Airport was 377,543 people. This number covers 9 percent of the total foreign tourists arriving in Bali via the Airport at that time, namely 6,298,852 tourists.
Meanwhile, Vistara CEO Vinod Kannan said, Bali is one of the most popular destinations for Indians, and his party is very excited to be the only airline currently serving direct flights between Delhi and Bali.
“With the close commercial and cultural ties between India and Indonesia, Bali has also rapidly grown to be a major destination for corporate travel and MICE (meetings, incentives, conventions, and exhibitions),” he said.
The Delhi-Bali-Delhi flight is scheduled to operate every day. For the Delhi-Bali route, departs from Delhi at 00.30 local time, and lands in Bali at 11.05 Bali time. The opposite route departs at 12.10 Bali time and is scheduled to arrive in Delhi at 17.45 local time.
The direct flights also add the number of international routes served by Bali’s I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport to 37 routes operated by 37 airlines.
“We are very proud to be able to serve direct flights of the Delhi-Bali-Delhi route. We believe this can have a positive multiplier effect on various parties and sectors, especially for tourism in Bali in particular, and Indonesia in general,” Faik Fahmi concluded.