Lombok’s tourism industry is set to receive a significant boost this summer, as an influx of new visitors takes advantage of new routes opened by Korean Air.
The airline has announced the new direct charter flights will connect Seoul and Lombok through the high season in July and August 2017.
General Manager of Lombok International Airport, I Gusti Ngurah Ardita, recently confirmed the news in a statement to the Antara news agency: “Korean Air will open a charter flight seven times,” said Ardita. “This charter flight is, of course, expected to open a fixed route for Korea-Lombok flights,” he continued.
The development has been in the pipeline since April 2017, when representatives of Lombok’s airport met with people from Korean Air to discuss an experimental route to the island. In addition, the regional government and tourism board of Indonesia’s West Nusa Tenggara province have supported the flights, recognizing their potential to grow tourism in the area.
South Korea is one of Asia’s fastest-growing outbound tourism markets. The additional flights are expected to support the Indonesian government’s efforts to attract 20 million international visitors per year by 2019.