As reported in Travel Daily Media, Bali’s tourism industry will get a significant boost this summer, following the announcement that Emirates will introduce a second daily flight to the island.

Commencing on 2 July 2017, the new flight will be operated using a high-capacity Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, adding up to 428 additional daily seats into Bali. This will provide extra connectivity to Bali from key source markets in Europe, such as the UK, France, Germany and Russia.

The outbound flight, EK360, will depart from Dubai International Airport at 0125 and arrive at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport at 1430. The return flight, EK361, will then take-off from Denpasar at 1630 and arrive back in Dubai at 2130. Interestingly, both the inbound and outbound services are timed to enable connections to and from Dili, the capital of East Timor.
These flights will complement Emirates’ existing 0830 daily departure from Dubai and the 0005 return service from Bali. This flight is also operated using a Boeing 777 aircraft.

Emirates started flying to Indonesia in 1992 with three weekly flights to Jakarta via Singapore and Colombo. Since March 2013, the airline has been operating three direct flights daily to Jakarta, and in June 2015 it launched daily flights to Bali.

The second daily flight to the “Island of the Gods” will continue Emirates’ Southeast Asian expansion; a day earlier on 1 July the airline will launch its inaugural flight to Cambodia.

Bali welcomed nearly five million international tourist arrivals in 2016, with notable increases from the UK (+32% year-on-year), France (+26%), Germany (+28%) and Russia (+29%), according to figures from the Bali Government Tourism Office.