AirAsia Adds Third Bali-Perth Flight

AirAsia Adds Third Bali-Perth Flight

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Booming low-fare airline AirAsia has announced a third daily flight on the moneymaking Bali to Perth route, further bolstering its presence in the Australian market.

The Kuala Lumpur-based carrier said promotional fares would start at Rp299,000 (US$33.15), adding that frequency on the route was due to “increase[d] demand from business and leisure travellers.”

The third flight will depart Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport for the Western Australian city on June 1, bringing the total weekly flights to 21, AirAsia said.

It added in a statement: “Since the launch of the first daily flight on July 17, 2009, the overwhelming demand from travellers has grown tremendously, not only from holidaymakers but also from university students and business ventures in the region, which led to [the] second daily flight on August 19 last year.”

The flights are operated by AirAsia Indonesia, whose chief executive officer, Dharmadi, said were showing heavy passenger load factors.

“The Bali-Perth route has been particularly popular for us and it shows no signs of weakening any time soon,” he said.

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