Indonesian low-cost carrier Citilink is returning to Perth with the resumption of services to Bali and a new route to Jakarta.
Citilink, an arm of Indonesian national carrier Garuda Indonesia, will fly daily between Perth and Bali starting 19 July, and three times per week between Perth and Jakarta starting 29 July. Both routes will use Airbus A320 aircraft.
“It’s great that Citilink is returning, especially given that these services will bring almost 190,000 additional seats to the market, which is fantastic news for those travelling for leisure, business or education,” said Perth Airport acting chief executive officer Kate Holsgrove.
“Indonesia is our nearest neighbour and one of the most popular tourism destinations for Western Australians. And as a significant trading partner with a population of 273 million, these new services to Indonesia only brings further business and trade opportunities.”
According to Citilink Indonesia CEO Dewa Rai, the new routes are “quite promising”, as Australian tourists had some of the highest numbers visiting Indonesia last year – the fourth highest of any country, per Indonesian government data.
“The opening of these new international routes is expected to improve bilateral relations between the two countries so that they can increase the potential for cooperation in various sectors such as culture, economy, politics, social and so many more,” he said.
The Perth to Denpasar and Perth to Jakarta routes are currently both served by Indonesia AirAsia, while Jetstar, Batik Air and Batik Air Malaysia also fly between Perth and Denpasar.