Indonesian trade players are sanguine about AirAsia X Indonesia’s new Mumbai-Bali service launched on May 19, which marked the first LCC service between both countries.
Pande Ardika of Balihai Cruise said that the Indian market has been on the rise in Indonesia, especially Bali, and believes the new flights will definitely further increase business from India.
Likewise, Umberto Cadamuro, COO inbound, Pacto, is confident that the new flights will drive growth of over 50 per cent from the Indian market for his company this year.
The new route has prompted some in the trade to step up efforts in India. Panorama Destination, for example, will continue to develop new products for the market, work to open new destinations and hire new representatives in New Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai.
“The Indian market however has become increasingly competitive as many other local Indonesian DMCs are expanding into India,” said Renato Domini, CEO, Panorama Destination.
The Mumbai-Bali route is operated daily on a 377-seater Airbus A330-300, with 365 seats in economy and 12 in business or premium.