Thursday, June 14, 2012

Increasing Chinese Arrivals to Bali

Batavia Air Plans to Fly Thrice Weekly from Bali to Hangzhou, China

After successfully commencing service between Jakarta and Guangzhou, Indonesian carrier Batavia Air is seeking to start flights between Denpasar (Bali) and Hangzhou.

Quoted in NusaBali, Sukirno Sukrana, commercial manager of Batavia Air said: “We have filed an application for this route to the Ministry of Transportation in January. We have yet to receive the response; we continue to await.”

Sukrana said his company seeks to tap into the substantial outbound tourism market from China to Bali.

Plans are to fly the proposed route with Airbus A320-200 with 220 all-economy seats.

Separately, a spokesman from the Transportation Ministry said the delay in granting permission to Batavia Air to fly to Hangzhou rested not with the Indonesian government, but with the Chinese.

The Ministry spokesman, Djoko Murjatmodjo, explained further saying, “Based on the explanation I have received (from the Chinese government), there are several documents that must still be submitted by Batavia Air for the processing to take place.”

Batavia Air reportedly seeks to fly between Bali and Hangzhou three times a week.

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