Thai Lion Air commenced flights between Bangkok Don Mueang and Denpasar on 21 December, a route that the carrier will operate daily using 737-800s. The first flight was welcomed in Indonesia with big celebrations.
- Thai Lion Air commenced flights from Bangkok Don Mueang (DMK) to Denpasar (DPS), on the island of Bali in Indonesia, on 21 December. The carrier will operate the 2,984-kilometre route daily using its fleet of 737-800s. Competition on the sector comes from AirAsia Group operators Thai AirAsia and Indonesia AirAsia, with the former offering a twice-daily service, while the latter operates the sector four times weekly. Denpasar becomes the second destination in Indonesia for Thai Lion Air, with it already serving the nation’s capital, Jakarta, with a three times daily service using a mixture of its 737-800s and -900s based on OAG schedules. The gateway to Bali, Denpasar Airport handled over 21 million passengers in 2017 based on statistics from Angkasa Pura, with this climbing from a total of 8.47 million in 2008, meaning Denpasar’s annual traffic throughput has increased by 148% during the past 10 years.