E-travel Blackboard reports that Strategic Airlines have received permission from the International Air Services Commission (IASC) to connect remote regional towns in Western Australia to Bali.
The go-ahead to commence service provides for "unrestricted passenger capacity" on services from Port Hedland and Karratha to Bali starting from August 3, 2010.
In the past, passengers wishing to fly to Bali from these remote areas were compelled to fly to Perth where they would transit to an international flight..
Strategic Airlines began flying three times a week between Bali and Perth on June 12, 2010. [See: Strategic Airline Begins Perth-Bali Service]
Damien Vasta, commercial head at Strategic Airlines, said, "there has been overwhelming demand from people in Port Hedland - particularly from its 'Fly In Fly Out' mining community - for leisure travel to Bali."
Strategic Airlines permission to fly the new routes is predicated on demonstrating that they are an established international carrier, holding permission from the IASC to fly to Indonesia from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.
The new flights from Western Australia's "outback" will operate with the following timetable:
• Port Hedland to Denpasar operating on Tuesdays departing at 2:15 p.m. arriving in Denpasar at 4:15 p.m..
• Denpasar to Port Hedland operating on Wednesdays departing at 8:00 a.m. and arriving in Port Hedland at 10:05 a.m..
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