JAKARTADAILY.ID – Bali's international airport I Gusti Ngurah Rai welcomed two new international routes from Indonesian flag carrier Garuda Indonesia and Philippine Airlines, the biggest airline in the Philippines.
According to Faik Fahmi, the President Director at PT Angkasa Pura I, Garuda is currently offering roundtrip tickets for Singapore-Bali and Philippine Airlines offered roundtrip tickets for Manila-Bali.
Angkasa Pura is a state-controlled company that manages 15 airports in Indonesia, including I Gusti Ngurah Rai.
Faik said Garuda's inaugural flight from Singapore landed safely in Bali last Friday, July 1, 2022, at 14.20 Central Indonesia Time. There were 142 passengers on the trip with flight registration number GA843.
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Garuda then flew back to Singapore at 16.39 Central Indonesia Time with flight registration number GA842.
On the next day, on Saturday, July 2, 2022, Philippine Airlines had its inaugural Manila-Bali trip.
An aircraft with flight registration number PR538 that carried 192 passengers landed in Bali at 00.40 Central Indonesia Time.
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The same plane took off from Bali at 01.48 Central Indonesia Time to return to Manila, the capital of the Philippines. There were 140 passengers, who flew with flight registration number PR538 on that day.
"These two inaugural flights in Bali are positive signals for two things. First, Bali remains attractive for international tourists. Second, this has shown that the aviation industry slowly recovers after being affected by the Covid-19 global pandemics," Faik Fahmi said in a statement on Monday, July 4, 2022.
With the addition of the two routes, I Gusti Ngurah Rai now manages 46 international flight departures and 48 international flight arrivals.
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The inaugural flight of the Manila-Bali route from Philippine Airlines is positive news considering that the airline stopped this route during the pandemic.
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