The Jakarta Post
AirAsia is starting a new Lombok-Perth route as part of its effort to support the Tourism Ministry's 10 New Bali program. (Shutterstock/Everything You Need)
Low-cost carrier AirAsia has started selling tickets for a new route connecting Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), and Perth, Australia, on Thursday.
The new route is part of the airline’s effort to support the Tourism Ministry’s 10 New Balis project and expedite Lombok’s post-earthquake tourism recovery.
According to Indonesia AirAsia CEO Dendy Kurniawan: “The development of Lombok as an AirAsia hub will also serve as the catalyst for healthy growth and competition in Indonesia. By stimulating the market with low fares we want to provide more opportunities for Australians and Indonesians to fly.”
The new service is also expected to boost the local economy and tourism.
Following the launch of the new route, AirAsia also said the company would introduce a number of sustainable tourism and community initiatives to assist the island’s recovery efforts.
“When our first flight touches down in June, Lombok will be well and truly open for business and we look forward to making this new route a success," added Dendy.
AirAsia is currently offering special launch-day fares for the Lombok-Perth route, starting at Rp 599,000 (US$42.07) until March 24. The fares are valid for travel between June 9 and Oct. 26. (jes/wng)