Growing flight frequency of Mideast airlines to benefit Bali tourism

Denpasar (ANTARA News) - The Bali branch of the Indonesian Association of Tour Operators (Asita) said increase in the flight frequency planned by major Mideast airlines - Qatar Airways and Emirates Airlines between Middle East and Bali would significantly contribute to the islands tourism growth.

Qatar Airways said through its Instagram it would increase flights to three times between Doha to Bali starting May 7, 2017.

"Now there will be more reasons to see the yet untouched beauty of Bali," the airline wrote in its social media account that drew more than ten thousands of comments.

Earlier this month, another major airline from that region, Emirate Airlines of the United Arab Emirates already announced plan to increase flight frequency to twice everyday from Dubai to Bali starting July 2 this year.

The increase in the flight frequency by the two world class airlines would further draw foreign tourists to Bali, Chairman of the Bali branch of Asita Ketut Ardana said here on Monday.

Ardana said the recent holidaying visit of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to Bali has added to the attraction of Bali for tourists from Middle East.

"Bali is already attractive but with the visit of the Saudi King and his large entourage made Bali more attractive for holiday makers from Middle East," he said.

The increase in the flight frequency by the two airlines would facilitate the transport of tourists from that region to Bali, he added.(*)