Merpati Nusantara Airlines (MZ) will soon increase the frequency of their flights between Bali and Dili, Timor Leste in anticipation of heightened competition on that route from another domestic carrier - Batavia Airline.
The director of operations for Merpati, Nikmatullah Rahmatullah Zaman, said the airline will soon increase flight frequencies between Bali and East Timor from once to twice daily, market conditions permitting. He said the recent entry of Batavia Air on the Denpasar to Dili route demonstrates growing demand for Dili as a destination. Merpati Airlines presently operates Boeing 737-300 aircraft on the route with an average load factor of between 70-80%.
Batavia Air has requested permission to serve the Bali to Dili route with final approval needed from Department of Civil Aviation in Timor Leste and the Indonesian government. Batavia Air have applied for permission to fly Airbus A319 aircraft to Timor Leste.
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