News Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines restarting Bali flights in May

Don't pack your bags just yet, but Singapore Airlines' return to Bali next month with twice-weekly flights hopefully represents a step in the right direction towards leisure travel later in the year.

Singapore is set to be reconnected with Bali via direct flights for the first time since March 2020, with the reintroduction of services by Singapore Airlines from next month, initially operating on a twice-weekly basis.

At this stage, flights remain restricted to those eligible to enter Indonesia, such as Indonesian nationals, those with a temporary or permanent residence visa (KITAS/KITAP) or an APEC Business Travel Card.

A negative pre-departure COVID-19 PCR test is required within 72 hours of departure, with a second test and five days of quarantine imposed on arrival.

Nonetheless, last month we reported how Bali has embarked on a vaccination drive among tourism workers, with a view to forming international travel bubbles into an established ‘Green Zone’ on the island later this year.

The programme aims to vaccinate 600,000 tourism workers and other key workers by July 2021. The ‘Green Zone’ for tourists is planned to include the following areas:

  • Kuta
  • Nusa Dua
  • Nusa Penida
  • Sanur
  • Ubud

According to Travel Trade Weekly, once tourism workers are inoculated, and comprehensive screening is widely available on the island, it is likely authorities will reopen Bali for tourists using travel bubbles or corridors based on bilateral agreements with low-risk countries.

New hotels in Bali to look out for since the vast majority of us managed a trip there include Raffles Bali in Jimbaran Bay and the Andaz Bali in Sanur.

COVID-19 hasn’t stopped some brand new hotels opening their doors in Bali recently, including Raffles. (Photo: Dewandra Djelantik – Accor)

Flight schedule

SIA is deploying its 162-seat Boeing 737-800 aircraft on the Bali route twice per week from 4th May 2021, an aircraft type recently introduced to the fleet as part of the merger of SilkAir into the mainline carrier.

Boeing 737-800s will be used on the Bali route during May 2021. (Photo: Plane’s Portrait Aviation Media / Malcolm Lu)

From 4th May 2021

  Days
M T W T F S S
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Kris-Yellow-Small.png SQ938
737-800
SIN
09:15
DPS
11:55
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Kris-Yellow-Small.png SQ944
737-800
SIN
16:10
DPS
18:50
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Kris-Yellow-Small.png SQ939
737-800
DPS
13:05
SIN
15:50
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Kris-Yellow-Small.png SQ945
737-800
DPS
20:00
SIN
22:40

The current Singapore Airlines schedule is confirmed through to 31st May 2021, after which the carrier’s normal full flight programme is published, pending further revision closer to the time.

We expect similar twice-weekly flights will be confirmed for June 2021 in due course.

In January 2020, prior to COVID-19, there were 125 flights per week in each direction on the Singapore – Bali route, operated by the following carriers:

  • AirAsia: 28/wk
  • Garuda: 7/wk
  • Scoot: 21/wk
  • SilkAir: 7/wk
  • Jetstar: 27/wk
  • KLM: 7/wk
  • SIA: 28/wk

Unfortunately the Boeing 737-800s are a bit of a step-down from SIA’s wide-body aircraft, with recliner seats in Business Class and no seat-back entertainment system installed.

Business Class on the SIA Boeing 737-800. (Photo: Singapore Airlines)

These aircraft are a temporary addition to the fleet, eventually set to be replaced by Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft with flat-bed Thompson Vantage Business Class seats, but for now it’s a downgrade from the Boeing 787-10s previously used on the Bali route.

Bali will be one of at least 11 routes for SIA’s narrow-body Boeing 737-800 this year. (Click to enlarge)

Redemption rates

These are the one-way KrisFlyer miles redemption rates for flights between Singapore and Bali on SIA flights.

KrisFlyer Redemption Rates
Singapore ⇆ Bali
  Saver Advantage
Economy 7,500 15,000
Business 19,000 35,000

This is one shorter route where we do actually redeem Business Saver rates at 19,000 miles each way from time to time, since we think it provides decent value for a 2.5-hour flight, provided a newer cabin product can be secured.

With the Boeing 737-800 operating, however, that’s not really a good deal in our book, so Economy Saver redemptions or cash fares are more likely the way to go until better aircraft are deployed on Bali flights.


 

 

Summary

Bali looks set to join the list of destinations opening up to tourism again in the second half of 2021, and these flights by Singapore Airlines from May mark the start of the carrier’s intent to be at the forefront of the plans.

They will also represent the first regular direct link between Singapore and the popular holiday island in over a year.

For now, however, services will cater to residents returning and those with business travel authorisation, both originating in Singapore and in transit from SIA’s worldwide network, including from Europe.

Let’s keep our fingers crossed that Bali’s vaccination plans to allow tourism reopening and its low COVID-19 case numbers continue, so we can perhaps plan trips there in the second half of this year, even if it is on a Boeing 737!

(Cover Photo: Shutterstock)

8 comments

  1. DPS will be essential to replace a suspended SQ 36 38 and SQ32 34, for connections on UA or GA, as well as to eastern Australia. SIN is just too far for Newcastle, Townsville, Balina, Sunshine Coast, Dunedin, Napier and Queenstown.

  2. Andrew, you wrote : “Summary. Bali looks set to join the list of countries…”

    But note that Bali island is not a country.

Leave a Reply