Governor Koster calls for more domestic flights to Bali amid soaring airfares

Whereas the Island of Gods has welcomed an rising variety of vacationers prior to now few months, home flights out and in of the paradise island stay fairly costly for many individuals, Bali Governor Wayan Koster stated.

Koster stated yesterday that the island is seeing no less than 10,000 foreigners arriving every day since March, whereas the every day common for home vacationers stands at round 12,000 to 14,000. The latter quantity, the governor famous, may very well be increased ought to airfares be more cost effective.

“The [numbers for] home vacationers […] are a bit stalled by the hovering ticket costs,” he stated.

Koster went on to say that even IDR500,000 (US$34) for a home flight to Bali could be too steep for native vacationers who wish to take their household for a vacation.

Coconuts Bali noticed in the present day {that a} one-way flight from Jakarta to Bali on low-cost airways comparable to LionAir and AirAsia, for instance, price round IDR900,000 (US$60) on common.

Koster stated that he has requested the Ministry of Transportation so as to add extra flights to Bali in addition to lower ticket costs so as to entice extra home vacationers to the island.

The COVID-19 pandemic has positively affected the island’s tourism sector, which contributes greater than 54 p.c to its financial system. Home vacationers have been credited with “saving” Bali’s financial system on the onset of the pandemic when the island’s worldwide airport was closed all through 2020 and 2021.

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