I was invited Tuesday, September 24, 2013 to live a major event on the island of Lombok: the arrival of the first direct flight between Lombok and Australia (Perth). This flight, operated by Jetstar, gathered at the Lombok International Airport LOP a happy melting pot of personalities, dancers, musicians, and… and a lot of journalists whom I joined for you.
First direct flight Lombok / Australia
At 2:30pm with only a few minutes delay landed the long awaited first direct flight Perth / Lombok operated by Jetstar, a subsidiary of the Australian company Qantas, and the largest low-cost airline in Asia Pacific. Musicians and dancers have welcomed, in a traditional Lombok way, passengers of this inaugural flight with the enthusiasm and relaxation that characterize the population of this Indonesian island, still respecting the protocol needed for such an event with the presence of the Vice-Governor of the province of Nusa Tenggara Barat (which includes the island of Lombok ) and representatives of the Indonesian state department and the Australian Embassy in Indonesia.
Nigel Fanning, representing Jetstar as Head of Sales and Operations Improvement, confirmed four weekly flights providing a direct link between the west coast of Australia (Perth ) and the island of Lombok. In his speech he reaffirmed the commitment of the company to increase this frequency to a daily flight as soon as the profitability of the line will be reached. Lombok is the fifth Indonesian destination served by Jetstar .
Jetstar opens the first direct link between Australia and the island of Lombok. This direct flight will avoid travelers wishing to link the two destinations to transit through Bali or Singapore. Jetstar will use for this flight an Airbus A320. It will shorten the flight time to 3:40 hours with no time difference between the two destinations (same time zone) and will run four times a week on Tuesday, Thursday , Friday and Sunday .
Inaugural price: AU$ 119 one way without luggage . You have the possibility to pay for a luggage franchise between 15 to 40kg. Reservations: Jetstar.