Perth Airport became the first in Australian to welcome Batik Air services on 21 June, the day the carrier began its first service from Denpasar on the Indonesian island of Bali. Taking part in the cake cutting ceremony in Perth were: Chandran Rama Muthy, CEO, Malindo Air; Poerwoko Soeparyono, GM Service, Batik Air; and Steven Holden, CCO, Perth Airport. The route is already served by three other carriers, namely: Garuda Indonesia; Indonesia AirAsia; and Jetstar Airways.
- Batik Air has joined three other carriers in offering non-stop service between Denpasar (DPS), on the Indonesian island of Bali, and Perth (PER) in Western Australia. The 2,580-kilometre route, which launched on 21 June, will be flown twice-daily. Perth Airport’s press release indicates that the flights will be operated using the airline’s 737-900s. However, flightradar24.com shows that initially the airline will be using its A320s on the route. Kevin Brown, CEO of Perth Airport, said: “We are thrilled to be the first airport to welcome Batik Air to Australia, and delighted to offer Western Australians more choice when visiting the popular holiday destination of Bali. We know Western Australians will take advantage of a new full-service airline, and embrace Batik Air’s great fares and exceptional service. In addition, we’re glad to be making a positive contribution to Western Australia’s tourism industry. The number of Indonesian visitors to Perth increased by just under 18% for the year ending April 2017, and it’s important that we continue to facilitate growth through greater flight options.” The route is already by Indonesia AirAsia (three daily flights), Jetstar Airways (three daily) and Garuda Indonesia (daily). Analysis of OAG data shows that the leading carriers linking Australia and Indonesia, based on weekly seat capacity, are currently Jetstar Airways (37.4%), Garuda Indonesia (21.8%) and Indonesia AirAsia (11.8%).