Ci­tilink links with Avalon

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GARUDA low-cost sub­sidiary air­line Ci­tilink In­done­sia will com­mence op­er­at­ing daily flights be­tween Mel­bourne (Avalon) and Den­pasar, Bali, from 24 Jan.

The route will be op­er­ated by a 178-pas­sen­ger Air­bus A320­neo, and is sched­uled to de­part Avalon at 12.50pm lo­cal time, with the re­turn flight land­ing at 8.50am each day.

“We’re ex­cited to be able to make one of Aus­tralia’s most beloved hol­i­day des­ti­na­tions a more af­ford­able and eas­ier ex­pe­ri­ence for peo­ple want­ing a great es­cape,” said Avalon Air­port Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Justin Gid­dings.

“Bali is our most re­quested in­ter­na­tional des­ti­na­tion and one that we have been ac­tively pur­su­ing for some time...it’s an hon­our to in­tro­duce this air­line to the re­gion, and make Bali more ac­ces­si­ble for Mel­bourne,

Gee­long and re­gional Vic­to­ria in par­tic­u­lar,” he added.

Ci­tilink CEO Ju­lian­dra Nurt­jahjo also wel­comed the new ar­range­ment, hail­ing the deal as a ma­jor first for the car­rier.

“Ci­tilink has be­come the first air­line serv­ing Den­pasar and Avalon Air­port route and we hope this will pro­vide more op­tions for peo­ple who want to visit Den­pasar and vice versa,” he said.

Ci­tilink also said it was con­fi­dent that it would reach its seat load fac­tor tar­get of 70% for the Den­pasar/Mel­bourne route.

Bali con­tin­ues to be a pop­u­lar tourist des­ti­na­tion for Aus­tralian tourists, record­ing an an­nual vis­i­ta­tion of al­most 1.2m vis­i­tors.

The lat­est deal also adds fur­ther in­ter­na­tional cre­den­tials to Avalon Air­port, which only last year signed a deal with Vi­et­jet for flights to Ho Chi Minh City (TD 27 Aug 2019).

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