Citilink will return to Perth with their Bali service and for the first time will also introduce a service to Jakarta.

The airline’s announcement provides more options for Western Australian’s travelling to Indonesia.

The Citilink daily Perth – Bali service will commence on July 19 on an Airbus A320, arriving into Perth at 0450 and departing at 0730.

The Citilink Jakarta – Perth service will operate on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from July 29, also on an A320, arriving into Perth at 0010, while the Perth – Jakarta service will operate on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, departing from Perth at 0130.

Perth Airport acting chief executive officer, Kate Holsgrove, said the Citilink Perth-Bali and Perth–Jakarta services bring more competition and more choice for travellers.

“It’s great that Citilink is returning, especially given that these services will bring almost 190,000 additional seats to the market, which is fantastic news for those travelling for leisure, business or education.

“Indonesia is our nearest neighbour and one of the most popular tourism destinations for Western Australians.

“And as a significant trading partner with a population of 273 million, these new services to Indonesia only brings further business and trade opportunities,” said Holsgrove.

According to the center for data and information systems of the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy of the Republic of Indonesia, Australia is ranked fourth in terms of the highest number of foreign tourists visiting Indonesia in 2022. Australia is also the country with the highest growth in the number of foreign tourists visiting Indonesia in 2022 compared to 2021.

“The opening of these new international routes is expected to improve bilateral relations between the two countries so that they can increase the potential for cooperation in various sectors such as culture, economy, politics, social and so many more,” said Citilink chief executive officer, Dewa Rai.

Citilink is a low-cost subsidiary of national Indonesian flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, a SkyTeam member.