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Indonesia AirAsia returns to Aussie shores with resumption of Perth service

The route is the 13th direct international service established by the Western Australia government since borders reopened.

Indonesia AirAsia is returning to Australian shores.

Indonesia AirAsia will return to Australian shores from June after the Western Australia government secured a new direct air service between Perth and Jakarta with the low-cost airline.

The first service operated by Indonesia AirAsia under the new arrangement will depart Perth on 2 June 2023, flying four times weekly using the airline’s Airbus A320 aircraft. Tickets for the new services are on sale now.

It marks the resumption of service to Australia from an airline – a branch of the wider AirAsia Group – which last flew here back in 2018 before direct flights between Bali and Darwin were axed.

The return of Indonesia AirAsia and its new service between Perth and Jakarta marks the 13th new international air service secured by the Western Australia government since borders opened last year.

In 2019, Perth welcomed more than 38,000 visitors from Indonesia who collectively spent an estimated $81 million that year. Indonesia is the seventh largest market for Western Australia and the ninth largest by visitor spend.

Western Australia Tourism Minister Roger Cook said the government has been very aggressive in pursuing new international flights for the state.

"We want to make it as easy as possible to get to WA for international tourists, business people and students,” Minister Cook said.

"We also want to make it easier for Western Australians to travel and do business.

"It's quicker to fly between Perth and Jakarta than it is from Perth to Sydney - and it's only one hour time difference,” the Minister quipped.

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Written by: Matt Lennon
Published: 30 March 2023

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