After two long years of absence, Jetstar Australia’s first Melbourne-Bali flight touched down on the Indonesian resort island on March 14, bringing 271 passengers including 26 high profile media personalities onboard JQ043.
The media entourage was in Bali at the invitation of the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy as well as local travel and creative businesses, for the #toBaliwithLove familiarisation trip and Un-Bali-Vable promotional programme.
Sandiaga Uno, Indonesia minister of tourism and creative economy said the return of the Melbourne-Bali service will spur revival of Bali’s economy and open up job opportunities in the tourism and creative economic sectors.
For now, Jetstar Australia will operate thrice weekly flights between Melbourne and Bali.
Gareth Evans, CEO of Jetstar Group, said this was just the beginning. The airline plans to commence Sydney-Denpasar service in April, followed by services from Brisbane, Adelaide, Cairns and Gold Coast come May.
Evans expressed excitement over the return to Bali after two long years. With the ease of access to Bali, he was confident that Bali would once again be the top destination choice among Jetstar’s customers.
Since Bali introduced a no-quarantine policy on March 7, Sandiaga said arrivals to the destination rose significantly. Citing a report by the Indonesia Hotel and Restaurant Association, Sandiaga said Bali hotel occupancy had also risen by 20 per cent.
In related news, Jetstar Asia has obtained approval today to operate Vaccinated Travel Lane flights to Singapore from Denpasar.