THE new route opened by a Vietnamese airline, VietJet Air, which connects the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi with I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport, Bali, is expected to increase the number of tourists, not only from Vietnam, but also from countries in the Indochina region.

“In the statistics of tourist arrivals from Vietnam, we recorded that in 2018 there were 21,155 people. While in 2019 there were 39,818 tourists, the number grew very well, reaching 88 percent,” said General Manager of PT Angkasa Pura I International Airport I Gusti Ngurah Rai, Bali, Herry AY Sikado, in Mangupura.

He said, tourists from other Indochina countries, namely Cambodia, in 2019 there were 8,439 tourists coming in Bali, up 119 percent compared with records in 2018.

“As for Laos and Myanmar it also grew with growth of 39 percent and 25 percent. Surely this region is also an area that has good potential,” he said.

VietJet Air flights with the newly opened Hanoi-Bali route will be carried out with a frequency of seven times each week by using an Airbus A320-200 type aircraft.

Travel with flight number VJ997 owned by the low-cost airline or low cost carrier (LCC) takes direct flights or direct flight with a travel time of approximately five hours.

Hanoi-Bali flights are scheduled to depart every day at 10:00 am Vietnamese time and arrive in Bali at 16.25 Wita.

“While the reverse route is scheduled to depart from Bali to Hanoi at 17:30 Wita and land in Hanoi at 21.55 local time,” Herry Sikado said.

Previously in mid-2019, VietJet Air also opened flight routes connecting Bali with Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Herry added, since operating, VietJet Air flights on the Ho Chi Minh City-Bali route had flown 330 airplanes during 2019, with details of 165 aircraft arriving in Bali and 165 aircraft leaving Bali.

“The number of flights carrying 27,070 passengers coming to Bali and 27,366 passengers departing from Bali. In total, from May to December 2019, VietJet has flown 54,436 passengers on the Ho Chi Minh City-Bali route,” he concluded. [antaranews/photo special]