Batavia Air commences flights between Indonesia’s tourist hub of Bali and Dili, capital city of Timor Leste (East Timor).
*Local time in Dili is one hour ahead of Denpasar, and two hours ahead of Jakarta.
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Batavia Air recently commenced flights between Indonesia’s tourist hub of Bali and the capital city of East Timor (a.k.a. Timor Leste), Dili.
The schedule is as follows:
|Y6-811||Denpasar to Dili||09:50||12:30*|
|Y6-812||Dili to Denpasar||13:15*||13:55|
*Local time in Dili is one hour ahead of Denpasar.
Flights operate on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
The inaugural flight on 27 December 2010 certainly appears to have been a joyous occasion.
The first passengers were greeted by red carpet and the President of Timor Leste, Mr Jose Ramos Horta, wearing Indonesian batik. Meanwhile, senior executives of Batavia Air were wearing traditional Timorese ceremonial scarves.
The President Director of Batavia Air, Mr Yudiawan Tansari, has high hopes for this new route. Using either a weak interpreter or poor English skills, he was quoted as saying:
With the entry of Batavia Air to Dili, the Timor Leste people have other option of transportations to travel to Denpasar, Bali and other cities in Indonesia. Starting today at Dili, it is connected with 40 cities in Indonesia that have been flown by Batavia Air. In addition, cargos from Dili to the cities in Indonesia and conversely become easier and of course, we wish for the potential tourisms here are much more widely known by the people in Indonesia. [sic]
It is not known how this new service will affect the existing daily Merpati Airlines service; it is hoped that the extra competition from Batavia Air will help reduce fares. Previously, one-way fares were more than $US200 one-way, or double the price of flights on the more contested route of Denpasar to Kupang (close to Dili in West Timor). Currently, Batavia Air is offering one-way fares from Denpasar to Dili at a lower price of Rp1.1 million, about $US120.
Also, flight details and online booking are not available on the Merpati Airlines website for international flights; you have to call them or visit your local Merpati office or travel agent. This is unlike the Batavia Air website, which provides all this information.
However, as explained in this guide to booking Indonesian flights, both Batavia Air and Merpati Airlines only accept credit cards issued in Indonesia.
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