Canberra airport and Lion Group have announced the launch of a new nonstop service between the Australian capital and Denpasar (Bali) from 14 June.

The unique route will initially operate three times a week with Batik Air Airbus A320 aircraft, including a business class option.

Batik Air hopes to attract Canberrans to Bali and provide travellers with access to secondary destinations in Indonesia served by Lion Air, including Labuan Bajo, Lombok, Surabaya, Yogyakarta, Jakarta, Makassar, and Manado. Batik Air is a full-service airline of the Lion Air Group.

Canberra airport’s head of aviation, Michael Thomson, said it was fantastic to welcome another international airline to the network. “Bali is an amazing destination that blends culture, nature, and adventure and appeals to all types of travellers. We are also excited about the opportunity to connect Canberra to Asia through Batik’s extensive network.”

Batik Air group strategy director, Chandran Rama Muthy, said that Canberra was the sixth destination connecting Australia to Bali.

“Our objective is not only to attract travellers from Canberra to Bali but also to unveil exciting opportunities for exploration in Indonesia’s diverse secondary destinations served by Lion Air. We are dedicated to enhance connectivity and making travel more accessible for passengers from Australia and Indonesia, and this new route reaffirms our dedication to that objective,” he said.