2 February 2024

Direct flights to Bali from Canberra Airport ready for take off

| James Coleman
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Batik Air is landing in Canberra from 14 June 2024, providing direct flights to Bali. Photo: Canberra Airport.

The days of having to fly out of Sydney or Melbourne Airport to soak up the sun and sights in Bali are nearly over for Canberrans.

Canberra Airport has announced the launch of a new direct flight route between Canberra and Denpasar in Bali’s south, in partnership with Indonesian-based carrier Batik Air (owned by the Lion Air Group).

The new route will commence on 14 June 2024, and operate three times weekly.

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Canberra Airport head of aviation Michael Thomson said it was “fantastic” to welcome another option to the airport’s international network that currently only includes Fiji.

“Bali is an amazing destination that blends culture, nature, and adventure and appeals to all types of travellers,” he said.

“We are also excited about the opportunity to connect Canberra to Asia through Batik’s extensive network.”

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Canberra Airport and ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr announced the news on social media. Photo: Andrew Barr, LinkedIn.

Batik Air group strategy director Chandran Rama Muthy said Canberra was the carrier’s sixth connection between Australia and Bali, providing travellers with easy access to one of Southeast Asia’s most popular destinations.

“Our objective is not only to attract travellers from Canberra to Bali but also to unveil exciting opportunities for exploration in Indonesia’s diverse secondary destinations served by Lion Air,” he said.

“We are dedicated to enhance connectivity and making travel more accessible for passengers from Australia and Indonesia, and this new route reaffirms our dedication to that objective.”

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ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said the new route would “greatly benefit” Canberra.

“The route … presents a great opportunity to connect the Canberra region to South-East Asia for leisure, trade and education. The ACT Government welcomes Canberra Airport’s efforts to make it easier and cheaper to visit Canberra.”

From Denpassar, Batik Air hopes Canberrans will also access other destinations served by Lion Air, including Labuan Bajo, Lombok, Surabaya, Yogyakarta, Jakarta, Makassar, and Manado.

Information on pricing is expected to be announced on Monday, 5 February.

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When can you start booking the direct flights? I’ve had a look on Webjet and on the Batik Air website however nothing is available yet.

Great work opening up a new int’l route but terrible airline choice, I guess beggars can’t be choosers hey Andy?

Great. Can’t wait to see them dog carcasses washed up in the beach first hand.

Wrong. Batik Air does not sell alcohol on their flights. These flights will be popular for people in Canberra and the region.

Now, people from this region have to take 2 bus trips each 4 hours long to connect to Sydney Airport on a return flight. Alternatively, try to fly to Sydney Domestic Airport and transfer to Sydney International Airport on the other side of the runway. Qantas has a habit of canceling Canberra to Sydney Domestic Airport flights at the last minute. Qantas also does not allow Jetstar to fly this route.

The Canberra to Bali route will be popular not only for tourists, but also students, business people, embassy staff, politicians and people visiting their relatives.

Hmmm … judging by the (predominantly negative) reviews for Batik Air – previously Malindo Air, I don’t think that a lot of the groups you mention will be availing themselves of the newcomer’s services:

Capital Retro2:42 pm 05 Feb 24

Yes, Andrew Barr has picked another winner.

Indeed, CR, can’t wait to see Barr in his Bintang Bali tank top, shorts and thongs when he gets off the first direct flight from Denpasar to Canberra.

Excellent. Is the airline company (Lion) has safe reputation.

Lion Air, the parent company, has a very poor safety rating and is banned from the EU.

Jenni Oliver4:39 pm 03 Feb 24

It gets 2 out of 7 from the airline safety site, so I would say no

Lion Air, the parent company, has a poor safety record and is currently banned from the EU because of it.

Old new gwkbike. Lion was banned along with all Indonesian airlines except Garuda. Lion was removed from the list in 2016 and all other Indonesian airlines in 2018. that ban was lifted in 2016 .

Lion was on the list as all Indonesian airlines were banned in 2007. Garuda was removed in 2009, Lion in 2016 and all other Indonesian airlines in 2018.

Found this info (Wiki): It had once been criticised for poor operational management in areas such as scheduling and safety, although steps have been taken to improve its safety: on 16 June 2016, the European Union lifted the ban it had placed on Lion Air from flying into European airspace.[7] In June 2018 it attained a positive safety rating following an ICAO audit.

Capital Retro7:05 pm 02 Feb 24

Bogans with booze to Bali and beyond by Batik.

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