TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - International airlines are expected to reintroduce regular flight routes to Bali in early 2022 as president director of state-airport operator Angkasa Pura I Faik Fahmi said airlines need time to process the permits. Especially after the Indonesian government had only opened the flight route as early as October 14.
He noted the earliest would likely be the end of this year but international airlines would start by opening chartered flights instead of traditional commercial flights, Bisnis.com reported.
“There are a number of airlines but I can’t reveal it just yet as it has yet been finalized. There are a number of them but for regular flights, it will likely start in January [of 2022],” he said on November 21.
He said that one of the main considerations is Indonesia’s health quarantine policy as the length of Covid-19 quarantine for foreign visitors has been slashed to three days and that the quarantine process that Indonesia imposed reduced international interest towards Bali.
Limited availability of international airlines serving direct flights to Bali is also due to the limited countries that the Indonesian government allows, which is 19. These countries were chosen because of its low risk Covid-19 status according to the WHO which among others include China, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, and Poland.