The new route is expected to boost tourism for the Indonesian island, which was affected by several large earthquakes last year.
Low-cost airline AirAsia has announced that it will be starting direct flights between the Australian city of Perth and Lombok starting February. This move looks set to help boost tourism in the Indonesian island, following the lull caused by the 2018 earthquakes.
AirAsia Indonesia intends to create a hub in Indonesia’s West Nusa Tenggara province in order to attract foreign travelers to the island, in line with the Indonesian government’s agenda to develop “10 new Balis.”
Part of the plan involves basing two Airbus A320 aircraft in Lombok, doubling the existing flights to Malaysia, as well as launching a Perth service.
AirAsia group chief executive Tony Fernandes noted that the past year had been a very sad and challenging time for the people of Lombok and the local tourism industry, which has suffered as a result of the recent earthquakes.
He added: “In the next few months, we will be working with airports and government authorities to turn Lombok into our newest hub in Indonesia, making this commitment a reality.”
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