AirAsia will add a new route to its schedule, connecting Bali with Calcutta in India. The new flight service was confirmed in a press release from Dendy Kurniawan, CEO of AirAsia Indonesia on August 17, 2107.
Flights from Calcutta to Bali will commence from 1st October, flying four times per week, with a transit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Airbus A320 aircraft, featuring 180 seats, will operate the new flights.
The flight from Calcutta to Bali will operate every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, departing at 2:25 am and landing in Kuala Lumpur at 8:25 am. The flight then continues onwards from Kuala Lumpur at 9:20 am and arrives in Bali at 12:20 pm.
The return journey will depart from Bali on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays at 8:20 pm and land in Kuala Lumpur 11:20 pm. Following transit, the connecting flight will depart from Kuala Lumpur at 11:44 pm, arriving in Calcutta at 1:35 am.
Indian tourist arrivals to Bali rose by nearly 40% during the first six-months of 2017 compared to the same period last year – a total of 129,727 visitors from the Indian sub-continent. Such growth has prompted airlines to invest resources in more routes to India, which is now the third largest source of foreign visitors to Bali.
In addition to the new Calcutta route, AirAsia also flies to Indonesia from Mumbai.