Citilink links with Avalon
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).