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AirAsia Indonesia to launch new Bali-Cairns route

by Jeffrey Teruel - Founder/Editor-Flights in Asia
Published on June 07, 2024


AirAsia will introduce its first flights from Indonesia to Cairns, Australia.

AirAsia will introduce the first flights from Indonesia to Cairns, Australia.

Announced by AirAsia, the airline group's Indonesia-based subsidiary AirAsia Indonesia will launch thrice-weekly flights (Sunday, Wednesday, Friday) between Bali (Denpasar) to Cairns from August 14.

Located in northern part of the Australian state of Queensland, Cairns is the main access point to two UNESCO world heritage sites- the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.  

According to AirAsia, the new route will enable connections to other points on the airline group's network.

“While Bali remains one of Australia’s favourite leisure destinations, we aim to promote the many other undiscovered Asian wonders,” said AirAsia Indonesia CEO Vernaita Yosephine. “Residents of Cairns and surrounding cities like Mackay and Townsville can now not only fly to Bali on AirAsia at great value fares, but also access over a hundred destinations in the AirAsia Group network via a short stopover in Bali, as a gateway to key AirAsia hubs including in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.”

From Bali, AirAsia Group carriers operates flights to major Asian hubs such as Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, and Jakarta.

Cairns Airport CEO Richard Barker said: “AirAsia has never flown to Cairns before and we look forward to welcoming these services in August. This announcement is great news for locals, with more flights to Bali. Importantly, this service will also open up one-stop, low fare travel to Tropical North Queensland from some of the largest nations in Southeast Asia, on an airline that is well known in those markets.”

Barker added the new service will add more than 28,000 seats to the city in the first year.

The new route will also serve the tourist markets of both Bali and Cairns. According to Indonesia's Consul General in Sydney Vedi Kurni Buana, Indonesia welcomed around 1.37 million tourists from Australia in 2023. Vedi noted Bali is a popular destination for Australians traveling to Indonesia.

“With this new route, we are confident that the relationship between Indonesia and Australia will be strengthened, and it will also provide opportunities for tourists from Cairns to explore other destinations beyond Bali," said Vedi. 

“The Far North remains a hot ticket for visitors who want to see just how much Queensland has to offer, and now the arrival of Indonesia AirAsia to Cairns will bring even more travellers from around the world to this incredibly beautiful region,” said Michael Healy, Queensland Tourism Minister.

AirAsia Indonesia's new service between Bali and Cairns will compete with Jetstar's current direct flights on the route. 

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