Jakarta (ANTARA) - PT Angkasa Pura I (Persero) confirmed that national and international airlines operating international flights to and from Bali Island are eligible for the incentive program to support tourism recovery in the island province.

"We are optimistic that the incentives will encourage airlines to reopen their international routes from and to Bali," President Director of state-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura I Faik Fahmi stated in Jakarta on Wednesday.

Eligible airlines will receive a landing fee discount at the I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport during the stimulus period from October 14, 2021, to June 30, 2022, he noted.

A 100-percent landing fee discount is available from October 14 to December 31, 2021, and a 50-percent discount will apply from January 1 until June 30, 2022, Fahmi remarked while confirming that the airport operator had set several prerequisites to select airlines eligible for the benefit.

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Only national and international air transport companies with scheduled regular flights to and from Bali that are recognized by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation by the issuance of flight route permits can avail the benefit. Freight and charter airlines and general aviation parties are ineligible for the benefit, Fahmi explained.

The president director remarked that in 2019, Bali airport had recorded international flights from 50 cities, such as Sydney and Melbourne in Australia, Tokyo and Seoul in East Asia, Dubai and Doha in the Middle East, and Istanbul in Turkey.

"We had recorded international flight passengers reaching 13.8 million in 2019. Most flights were served by wide-bodied aircraft, such as Boeing 777, Boeing 787, and Airbus A330," Fahmi noted.

Apart from providing landing fee incentives, eligible airlines will receive public relations support from the airport operator assisting the promotion of international flights in the company's electronic media, such as social media, he remarked.

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