BATIK AIR is preparing a scheduled international route (regular flight) from I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport, Bali (DPS) to Changi International Airport in Singapore (SIN). The first flight starts next April.

According to Corporate Communications Strategic of Batik Air, Danang Mandala Prihantoro, Tuesday (02/28), 2023 said, the opening of direct Batik Air flights from Bali to Singapore can provide considerable benefits for various parties. Some of these benefits are: (1). Ease of access for tourists and business people, (2). Potential development of tourism and education. (3). Strengthening bilateral relations, (4). Contribution to economic improvement, (5). Flight connectivity.

“Lion Air mentions Bali as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Indonesia and Singapore is known as one of the major cities in Southeast Asia. This attractive offer will make it easier for tourists to travel to both destinations without having to transit or travel through other cities,” he said.

He explained that according to February 2023 data, BPS reported tourist arrivals to Bali in December 2022 were 377,276 visits. The figure rose 31.27% from November 2022. Batik Air’s direct flights will be able to boost the number of tourists visiting Bali and Singapore. Batik Air also supports the government’s program to bring in foreign tourists with the Proud to Travel in Indonesia (BBWI) program. Foreign tourist visits are expected to reach 7.4 million and archipelago tourists reach 1.2-1.4 billion movements.

“Indonesia and Singapore have strong bilateral relations in various fields, including in the fields of economy, socio-culture, education and tourism. With this direct flight route, it is expected that bilateral relations between the two countries will be even stronger,” Danang remarked.

Lion Air is optimistic that the growth in the number of tourists visiting Bali and Singapore can increase the contribution of the tourism sector to the economy of both destinations. The existence of direct Batik Air flights can facilitate mobility between the two countries and potentially increase trade and investment between Indonesia and Singapore.

“Travelers can also take advantage of international flight connections in Singapore to continue their journey to other cities in the world. Through Bali, foreign tourists will be connected directly to Lombok, Bima, Sumbawa, Waingapu, Tambolaka, Kupang, Labuan Bajo, Manado, Australia and other destination cities. In addition, Batik Air will fly “without transit” Bali-Singapore will add to the sequence of travel time duration from Indonesia for non-stop international network. [sources/photo special]