Air New Zealand has resumed its non-stop services to the popular Indonesian holiday spot for the first time in three years.
“Bali is one of our most popular routes, with more than 17,000 customers welcomed onboard our Air New Zealand aircraft bound for Denpasar in 2019 alone,” says Air New Zealand Chief Customer and Sales Officer Leanne Geraghty.
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Flight NZ64 will take off from Auckland at 12pm and will be one of three non-stop flights to Denpasar a week from now until the seasonal service wraps up for the year on October 27.
The service will increase to five times a week during the busy winter and school holiday period between 26 June and 30 July.
“We’re thrilled to be able to help connect New Zealanders to this holiday hot spot once again. This is the last of all our international and seasonal routes to get up and running again post Covid, so this certainly shows we are bouncing back,” Ms Geraghty said.
Bookings for Bali have been strong since the airline announced it would fly non-stop to the destination again, with over 10,000 seats sold in the first week.
The airline will fly a 787-9 Dreamliner and customers will receive a meal, Inflight Entertainment, and a checked bag regardless of what cabin they’re in.
Indonesia’s Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno says resuming non-stop services is wonderful news for the country, which relies heavily on tourism.
“Bali is, and will continue to be, the icon for Indonesia’s tourism industry, making up 41 per cent of the country’s total tourism, and Ngurah Rai International Airport (Denpasar International Airport) is by far the biggest entry point for foreign tourists.”
Indonesia’s Deputy Minister for Tourism Marketing Ni Made Ayu Marthini says demand for Indonesia has been rising rapidly. “We are fortunate to be working with airlines partners, such as Air New Zealand, to restart their route and fill seat capacity at least to the pre-pandemic level.
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