Turkish Airlines is considering launching a fifth freedom service linking Indonesia with Australia, in order to further expand its presence in Southeast Asia and the Oceanic market.
Speaking to the Centre for Aviation, chief executive Temel Kotil revealed that the Star Alliance member was reviewing the possibility of serving Istanbul–Denpasar–Melbourne and Istanbul–Denpasar–Sydney routes.
Another possible course of action is to establish a mini hub in Bali, where Turkish Airlines would operate multiple daily flights in and out of the Indonesian island.
Bali is a popular leisure travel destination for Australians, with more than a million tourist arrivals annually. Earlier this year, Indonesia further relaxed immigration rules by granting Australian tourists visa-free entry into the country for up to 30 days, a privilege now extended to 169 countries.
Turkish Airlines has a large global route network, flying to more countries than any other airline – 116 in total.
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