Keeping Up Australian Tourist Numbers


Keeping Up Australian Tourist Numbers

Garuda to Increase Flights to Australia to Meet Growing Two-way Traffic

Well, it would seem that Bali still remains one of the most popular tourist destinations in South-East-Asia, for Australian tourists. Due to the expected increase of tourist numbers, Indonesia’s national carrier, Garuda Airlines, will be ramping up the frequency of flights for the upcoming high season from May through to October 2017.

Garuda Airlines is hoping to increase passenger numbers from Australia to Indonesia by as many as 650,000 passengers in total. There will be an increase from 4 to 5 flights per week for flights between Australia and the capital, Jakarta. While the holiday Island of Bali will see an increase from 6 to 7 flights per week.

This in part is due to a new collaboration between Garuda Airlines and the Australian Tourism Board; with flight frequencies expected to be adjusted upwards during school holiday periods as well.

The total number of Australian tourists visiting the Island of Bali in 2016 was an incredible 1,137,413 and the numbers are expected to increase by as many as 650,000 tourists by the end of 2017. Throughout 2016 there was a massive 17% increase in Garuda passenger numbers from Australia compared to the previous year in 2015.

The current 6 routes that Garuda flies to Australia are as listed below:

  • Jakarta – Sydney
  • Denpasar – Sydney
  • Jakarta – Melbourne
  •  Denpasar – Melbourne
  • Jakarta – Perth
  • Denpasar – Perth

By 2020, Steven Ciobo, the Australian Minister of Trade for Tourism and Investment, anticipates that Australia will reap an income of one billion dollars from Indonesian tourists to Australia. In 2016, Indonesian tourist numbers to Australia increased by 13.8% totaling 174,400 visitors.

24 March 2017




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