Jakarta: The number of foreign tourist visits from Malaysia and Australia to Indonesia is expected to increase following the inauguration of direct flights of the Citilink airline on the Kuala Lumpur-Denpasar and Perth-Denpasar routes.
According to Deputy of Marketing Development I of the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy Rizki Handayani, Malaysia and Australia are the two main markets contributing to the number of foreign tourist visits to Indonesia.
Therefore, the opening of Kuala Lumpur-Denpasar and Perth-Denpasar direct flights by Citilink airlines is going to contribute positively to Indonesia’s foreign tourist visits.
"The tourist market in Denpasar will grow bigger in all sectors. Bali will increasingly become a favorite destination for tourists," Rizki Handayani said in a press statement released on Monday, November 11, 2019.
From January to September 2019 the number of tourist visits from Malaysia reached 2.34 million, which was the largest tourist visit of all countries to Indonesia. Meanwhile, the flow of tourists from Australia reached 1.02 million people and was in the 4th largest position.
The inauguration of this new route was conducted on Friday, November 8, 11 in Denpasar, Bali.
According to Deputy Assistant of Regional Marketing Development II of the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy Fahmizal, the presence of two Citilink direct flights will also increase the flow of millennial foreign tourists.
"We warmly welcome Citilink's policy to open two new international routes. We will certainly provide full support. It is expected that the new axis will develop quickly and the acceleration will certainly have a positive impact on tourism," Fahmizal explained.
Citilink's Managing Director Juliandra said the two new international routes from Kuala Lumpur and Perth to Denpasar were indeed highly potential in terms of business.
"These two international routes are very strategic. The business potential is very large and promising. Citilink's presence will attract more tourists to go to Bali. We are certain that the number of foreign tourist visits, especially from millennials, will be very high," said Juliandra.
The Kuala Lumpur-Denpasar route will be carried by Citilink with flight number QG 527 at 18:35 local time every day. Meanwhile, flight Denpasar-Kuala Lumpur will be carried by aircraft QG 525 at 14.45 WITA. This route will be served by Airbus A320 aircraft with a capacity of 180 passengers.
The Perth-Denpasar route will be carried by flight number QG 543 at 09.40 local times daily. Meanwhile, Denpasar-Perth flight will be served by QG 542 every 01.00 WITA. This route is also served by Airbus A320 aircraft with a capacity of 180 passengers.