Emirates to double daily flights to Bali

Emirates will double daily flights to Bali this summer to meet growing tourist appetite for Indonesia.

The airline will introduce a second daily service to the island on 2nd July 2017, offering travellers more convenience and connectivity.

Emirates first began services to Indonesia in 1992 with three flights per week via Singapore and Colombo, and since March 2013, the airline has been operating three non-stop flights daily from Jakarta to Dubai with a Boeing 777 aircraft. Emirates has also been operating daily flights connecting Bali and Dubai since June 2015.

Its new outbound flight (EK360) will depart from Dubai at 0125hrs and arrive in I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport at 1430hrs. This service will connect seamlessly with a number of destinations across Europe, including Amsterdam, Moscow, Paris and London. It will also enable passengers to connect domestically to the nearby cities of Surabaya, Makassar and Lombok.

The return flight, EK361, will depart at 1630hrs and arrive in Dubai International Airport at 2130hrs. Both inbound and outbound services also accommodate connections to and from Dili in East Timor.

The announcement emphasises Bali’s growing appeal among international visitors. The Indonesian hotspot welcomed nearly 5 million foreign tourist arrivals in 2016, a million more than in 2015. There were notable increases in tourism numbers from the United Kingdom (up 32.1 per cent year-on-year), France (25.7 per cent y.o.y.), Germany (27.9 per cent y.o.y.) and Russia (29.2 per cent y.o.y.) in 2016, according to official statistics.

Passengers in all classes will be able to enjoy gourmet cuisine, inflight entertainment with more than 2,500 channels, and Wi-Fi. Passengers on all Emirates flights also have the added bonus of generous baggage allowance with up to 35kg for those travelling in Economy Class and 40kg for Business Class.