VISTARA airline’s first direct flight on the New Delhi-Denpasar route will strengthen visits by foreign tourists, especially India as one of the biggest markets for tourists to Indonesia.

Vistara’s first flight on the New Delhi (DEL)-Denpasar (DPS) route starts on December 1 2023 with a capacity of 188 passengers. The Airbus A321 aircraft number UK145 departed from New Delhi (DEL) at 00.30 IST (Indian time) and arrived in Denpasar (DPS) at 11.05 WITA. From now on, the New Delhi – Denpasar route will fly daily with a frequency of once a day.

According to the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno, in his statement, Saturday (12/2), 202), direct flights from New Delhi to Bali had been long awaited considering that India was in second place in the number of foreign tourist visits to Bali with a total of 360,415 visits from January to October 2023.

“After the pandemic and the gradual recovery of the world economy, Bali is still a prime destination for foreign tourists from India. So, this direct flight will be a big stimulus for foreign tourist visits at the end of 2023 and beyond,” said Sandiaga.

Meanwhile, the Deputy for Marketing at the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Ni Made Ayu Marthini, who was present directly at the Vistara flight ceremony (Inaugural Flight) on the New Delhi-Denpasar route, said that this flight was good news for direct connectivity from India to the Island of the Gods, since the flight on the Mumbai-Denpasar route last operated in 2019.

“Apart from ranking second in foreign tourist arrivals in Bali, India is also in sixth place in foreign tourist visits to Indonesia overall with 444,768 visits as of September 2023. We will of course always support this ease of connectivity on an ongoing basis, so that it can survive and continue to grow in the future,” Made said.

The series of Inaugural Flight events continued with the Vistara Gala Dinner at the Hilton Bali Resort. The Vistara Gala Dinner was supported by the Badung Regency Tourism Office by presenting a traditional dance performance of ‘Sekar Jepun’ or the frangipani flower as an icon of Badung Regency, as well as the presence of the Jegeg-Bagus Badung Tourism Ambassador.

Wonderful Indonesia continues to strive to bring foreign tourists to various destinations in Indonesia, especially the five Super Priority Tourism Destinations (5 DPSP), consisting of Borobudur, Lake Toba, Mandalika, Likupang and Labuan Bajo. One of the DPSPs, namely Mandalika on Lombok Island, can be reached from Bali in 40 minutes via domestic flight or ninety minutes via fast boat.

It is hoped that the new flight route New Delhi – Denpasar will be a gateway to open opportunities for tourist destinations beyond Bali to become known and popular with Indian tourists. []