Qantas has today revealed it will be operating a brand new daily flight between Melbourne and Denpasar, Bali, as of June 23 2018, with fares available for sale from today (subject to regulatory approval, of course).
Operated by a Boeing 737-800 aircraft, the new Qantas route comes as Jetstar increases its Melbourne-Bali flights from ten per week to twice daily.
Today’s announcement complements Qantas’ year round daily Sydney – Denpasar service and reflects strong demand from customers who want to fly to one of Australia’s favourite holiday spots on a full-service carrier.
Qantas’ Melbourne – Denpasar service will be operated by a two-class Boeing 737 aircraft, with a checked baggage allowance, inflight entertainment and food and drinks all included as part of the fare.
This means that along with Jetstar, the Qantas Group now offers customers 84 return services to Bali from across Australia – the largest international airline group to operate into the island.
It comes after Tigerair cut the cord and ceased flights between Australia and Bali in February last year, after they failed to gain regulatory approval from the Indonesian government to operate out of Denpasar airport.
Parent company Virgin Australia went on to confirm it wouldn’t be picking up the slack on the routes, being declared unsustainable for the airline’s full service operations; this was the reason Tigerair ended up taking over the route.
Qantas International CEO, Alison Webster, said, “As a Group, we’ve built flexibility in to our network to respond to growing demand where we see it.
“Bali is a very popular holiday destination which caters to different budgets and tastes and with more services between the two countries, we are able to provide customers with greater choice.
“In the last five years, we have seen the number of Australians travelling to Bali more than double, with Qantas and Jetstar carrying one point six million customers between them in the last year.
Qantas’ new Melbourne – Denpasar (Bali) schedule effective 23 June 2018
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23 Jun 2018