It has been a long wish from Indian travellers and this will finally be granted. On May 19, Indonesia AirAsia X, the long-haul budget arm of the Malaysian airlines group AirAsia, will officially launch its new daily air service between Denpasar (Bali) and Mumbai.
Bali is AirAsia second largest air base in Indonesia after Jakarta and is connected to other destinations domestically ( Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Solo, Medan and Bandung) as well as to international destinations (Bangkok, Darwin, Kuala Lumpur, Perth and Singapore).
The new Bali-Mumbai flight will be served by a 377-seater Airbus A330-300 aircraft, with 365 seats in economy and 12 seats in premium class. AirAsia X already serves Delhi out of Kuala Lumpur with three weekly services while AirAsia out of Malaysia and Thailand offer daily flights to various Indian cities.
“We see the Bali-Mumbai route as a promising one, as it opens connectivity to aspiring customers’ dream holiday destinations eastward. This newly launched route is also partly to answer the increasing demand of tourists from India coming to Bali,” declared in a statement AirAsia X Indonesia Chief Executive, Captain Sulistyo Nugroho Hanung.
Once the new service takes off the ground, passengers from India will be able travel from Mumbai to Bali with a quick stopover in Kuala Lumpur, AirAsia X release said. Indian travellers benefit now of free visa on arrival for a stay not exceeding 30 days.