Bali’s low-cost airport could save travellers thousands – or not

Font Size:

While many may welcome a new international airport in Bali, some may say that its positioning leaves a lot to be desired.

Construction has begun on the new facility which is set for a 2022 launch. Bali’s second hub is being touted as the province’s low-cost carrier airport. It is, however, being built on the opposite side of the island, to the consternation of much of the destination’s accommodation and tourism hotspots. 

So, the 70 per cent of Australians who fly to Bali with a budget carrier will end up having to pay for and take a long journey to stay in popular spots such as Kuta and Seminyak, and other southern locations.

A journey to Denpasar will take at least 90 minutes, possibly another hour in traffic, potentially turning what was a six-and-a-half hour journey into a nine-hour epic.

“The Australian dollar spent in Bali is critically important to the Balinese economy and the Governor is very aware of that and the last thing he would want to do is upset the thousands and thousands of Australians who are flying themselves with a two-and-a-half hour drive to get to their hotel,” said Indonesia Institute’s Ross Taylor.

“Something like 95 per cent of all arrivals will want to travel south.”

While the south is popular for most Aussie tourists, the second airport is hoped to boost tourism to the underdeveloped northern part of the island.

“Many people want to build tourism destination in the north,” said Indonesian Transport Minister Budi Karya Sumadi.

Read the full report at Travel Talk.

Do you fly to Bali on low-cost carriers?

If you enjoy our content, don’t keep it to yourself. Share our free eNews with your friends and encourage them to sign up.

Join YourLifeChoices today
and get this free eBook!

By joining YourLifeChoices you consent that you have read and agree to our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy


Why Bali is still best on a budget

Max and Co. visit one of the most popular destinations for Australian tourists: Bali.

The best place in the world to be pampered

Dr Tiana Templeman shares her five favourite places to be affordably pampered.

Five reasons to rethink Bali

Bali is almost a rite of passage for most Australians, however, it often gets a bad rap. But

Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca is a voracious reader who loves words. You'll often find him spending time in galleries, writing, designing, painting, drawing, or photographing and documenting street art. He has a publishing and graphic design background and loves movies and music, but then, who doesn’t?



Total Comments: 3
  1. 0

    Don’t want to go to Bali too!

  2. 0

    I love Bali but not the Kuta area where one usually ends up. I much prefer the north side with its calm sea and relaxed vibes. Hope they won’t spoil that too much with the new airport. This is a good development for Bali and will distribute tourism a bit

  3. 0

    A new low cost airport in the north will soon destroy that area too. 🙁



continue reading

Travel News

Travel refund problems a 'dreadful, dreadful situation': ACCC boss

Travel-related consumer complaints have risen by 500 per cent since January 2020, with thousands of Australians unable to get refunds...

Aged Care

Whistle-blower family welcomes aged care recommendations

When Barb Spriggs found her husband lying on the ground of the Oakden aged care facility with two nurses standing...


How do different painkillers work?

It's easy to assume the only difference between painkillers is their strength. Or that any painkiller you can buy without...

Food and Recipes

Cinnamon and Honey Breakfast Jars

"If you have to be up early and you need something speedy, this is the perfect go-to breakfast," says Bake...

Aged Care

It starts with the fundamentals: adequate staffing, adequate food

There have been 22 public reports and inquiries related to publicly funded aged care in Australia since 1997. Will this...


Government reveals details of unit established to bust vaccine myths

With 300,000 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine arriving in Australia on Sunday, the rollout is starting to speed up,...


Making it easy to buy Australian

Research shows that since the pandemic an overwhelming number of Australians want to buy locally produced products to support the...


What your car costs - the surprising costs of driving a ute or SUV

Recent research by Finder shows Australians could be paying thousands of dollars more than necessary to keep their car running....