Indonesian Air Asia opens a Denpasar, Bali to Darwin, Australia route.
From December 23rd 2010 Indonesian AirAsia will begin once daily flights to Darwin, Australia, from Ngurah Rai Airport (Denpasar) in Bali.
The President Director of PT Indonesia AirAsia (IAA), Dharmadi, said the service would be in a 6-month trial period.
Dharmadi said 10,000 one-way flights priced at $99 (Australian dollar) would go on sale at midnight today (Nov 23rd), for flights booked up to November 2011. After the sale is over the flights would likely be priced between $175 to $200, although prices could rise to up to $400 in some cases, he said.
Booking from the Indonesian side, flights are priced in the Rp 350,000 range one way, while booking from the Australian side costs around Rp 700,000, due to the incorporation of airport taxes in the price.
From Bali the flights depart at 23.50, arriving in Darwin, Northern Territory, the next day at 04.00; the return trip to Bali leaves Darwin at 04.45, arriving in Ngurah Rai at 06.00.
JetStar is the only other airline which currently services this route.
Other Indonesian airlines which are seeking to open new routes to Australia include Sriwijaya Air, Batavia Air, Lion Air, and Garuda Indonesia.
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