I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport in Bali has begun serving non-stop flights from India today, December 1. The first flight was accommodated by Vistara, an airline owned by Tata Group and Singapore Airlines, connecting Delhi to Bali and vice versa today at 10:52 a.m. Central Indonesian Time (WITA).
The maiden flight was operated by an Airbus A321LR with tail number UK145 on the route and landed in Bali with 185 passengers.
“This marks the history of direct flights between India and Bali. Previously, the India-Bali route was only served by connecting or indirect flights,” the state-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura (AP I) Director Faik Fahmi said in a written statement, on Friday, December 1.
Faik hoped that the opening of this direct route would have a positive impact on Bali’s tourism. In 2019, the third highest number of foreign tourists visiting the island came from India, after Australia and China.
“We are optimistic that it will help boost the number of tourists from India in Bali,” he added.
According to him, the non-stop flights would be available every day. The Delhi-Bali route, flight UK145, is scheduled to depart at 00:30 a.m. local time and land at 11:05 a.m. WITA. Meanwhile, the Bali-Delhi route, UK146 flight, will fly at 12:10 WITA and arrive at 17:45 local time.
“With the operation of the Delhi-Bali-Delhi direct flight, the number of international routes served by I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport in Bali has increased to 37 routes operated by 37 airlines,” said Faik.