Thursday, May 13, 2010

Bali Threatened Lost 12.000 Japanese Tourists

Bankruptcy that befalls Japan Airlines (JAL) will certainly affect Bali. One of them is the closure of JAL direct flight from Japan to Bali and vice verse.

“JAL will close their Bali-Japan flight starting from October 1st 2010. With this closure, Bali will lose 400 Japanese tourists per day,” said GM Angkasa Pura I co. of Ngurah Rai airport, Heru Legowo, Monday (May 10th).

He added that for all along JAL brought 400 passengers per day or 12.000 per month. This closure also affected Ngurah Rai income.

But, what they most concerned about is the impact toward Bali tourism industry.

All this time Japan is considered large market for Bali tourism industry seen from its tourists as well as handicraft products export.

It is estimated that the closure of flight path and JAL bankruptcy also part of global economic recession.

Although, Heru confident that the flight path would not changes the foreign tourists interest to visit Bali as their favorite destination.

“Starting from June 2010 there are some airways planned to add their number of flight to Bali,” he said.

He said that most of those airways added their schedule for Bali-Australia route.

Two airways certainly would added their flight schedule are AirAsia and Strategic Airlines. Both of them would add one flight from Denpasar to Perth.

With this increasing, Strategic Airlines will have three times flight per week.

There will also daily flight from Denpasar to Darwin starting in September 2010 operated by Pacific Blue. Before, there is an Australian airway with four times a week flight.

December 2010 Cebu Airlines will open new route Denpasar-Manila with three times per week flight.

In the beginning of 2011, Vietnam Airlines will open new flight Denpasar – Ho Chi Min as for three times flight per week.

News by Berita Bali