Banyuwangi is Booming
Citilink Airlines Flies Daily Between Bali amd Banyuwangi in East Java.
Citilink Airlines – the low-cost subsidiary of Garuda Indonesia – commenced a new flight service connecting Denpasar (Bali) and Banyuwangi on Friday, August 9, 2019.
The Regent of Banyuwangi, Abdullah Azwar Anas, speaking at the inaugural flight said: “The development of this route will lure tourists to Banyuwangi. The more air gateways to Banyuwangi will provide more ease of access to the destination.”
As quoted by the State News Agency Antara, Anas said that Bali remains the main tourist gateway to Indonesia, with between 5 and 6 million foreign tourist traveling to Bali each year.
Continuing, Anas said: “If Banyuwangi nets only 5% of the total number of foreign tourists to Bali, we would receive 250,000 international tourists. In 2018, the number of foreign tourists visiting Banyuwangi totaled 127,000 visitors.”
The Regent said that the new air service would both strengthen the local economy and make stronger the already close connection enjoyed between Bali and Banyuwangi. Adding, “The new service will also enhance the cultural connection shared by Bali and Banyuwangi, a connection that is historical, celebrating the close connection between the people of Bali and Banyuwangi.”
The direct air connection between Banyuwangi and the tourism center of Bali is seen by Banyuwangi officials as an important step to increase tourism visitors to their region.
The recently renovated Blimbingasari Airport in Banyuwangi has seen a dramatic increase in passenger traffic. In 2010 a total of 7,826 passengers traveled through the airport surging to 366,164 in 2018. That’s an increase of 4,578% in only 8 years.
During the same eight-year period, domestic tourist visitors to Banyuwangi increased from 500,000 in 2010 to 5.3 million in 2018 – an increase of 960%. Meanwhile, foreign tourist visitors jumped from around 7,000 visitors in 2010 to 127,420 in 2018 - increasing 1,720%.
The District Sales Manager for Citilink in Denpasar, Raden Cahyo Katon, said his airline takes pride in being allowed to participate in the development of tourism in Banyuwangi. Katon explained that the Denpasar-Banyuwangi route will be served with an Airbus A-320 aircraft configured to carry 180 passengers.
The daily service will depart Banyuwangi at 8:00 am local time, landing in Bali 40 minutes later at 9:40 am local time. The return leg leaves Bali at 10:05 am local time.