You may think twice about those too good to be true airfares to Aussie favourite holiday destination, Bali. A new plan reveals that Australian travellers to Bali are in for surprise with passengers flying low-cost carriers to land at a new Airport located more than 2 hours away from Bali favourites Kuta & Seminyak.
Currently the existing Ngurah Rai International Airport based in Denpasar is struggling to keep up with demand and has maxed out all of its runways. In an attempt to ease the pressure from Ngurah Rai, the Indonesian Government is planning to create and drive tourism in the island’s undeveloped North.
Essentially all low-cost carriers will be part of a new flight path, flying directly in to the planned new Airport, allowing current Ngurah Rai International to look after full-service carriers only.
Construction is due to begin next year on the second international airport which will be built in the northern Bali village of Kubutambahan. North Bali is home to the old colonial capital of Singaraja.
“All the low-cost carriers [will fly] in the north and the normal [carriers will fly] in the south,” Indonesian Transport Minister Budi Karya Sumadi told 9News Exclusively.
In a statement, Jetstar said it’s open to understanding more about the proposal but its: “services into Denpasar are very popular, with customers loving the convenience the airport provides to hotels, beaches and restaurants”.
There’s no telling whether the undeveloped North of Bali will grow and generate the same buzz and popularity of Seminyak & Kuta, but time will certainly tell.