AirAsia in talks with airport over flights between Townsville and Bali

Townsville’s airport boss has confirmed discussions are underway with AirAsia to run flights to Bali’s Denpasar Airport.

Townsville Airport chief executive Kevin Gill said while there was nothing firm yet, negotiations were continuing.

“The airport continues to believe a service to Denpasar is feasible and continues discussions with airlines that operate the sector, including AirAsia,” he said.

“The service would prove an important international connection given the growing importance of Denpasar Airport as a hub but also given Bali’s enduring popularity as a destination for Australians.”

The comments follow several recommendations in the Northern Australia development report looking at increasing the capacity of ports and airports to boost travel and trade opportunities.

The report’s development proposals make mention of Townsville Airport’s potential to support an international service to Denpasar and suggests a regional solution to manage the competing interests of Townsville and Cairns international airports.

Airports and initiatives to attract airlines such as the reduction of migration fees are cited as other ways to support growth.

Mr Gill said the airport was also keen to keep customs, quarantine and immigration fees down to mitigate costs.

“This region continues to seek to pay no more than the standard $55 a piece charge for the provisions of customs, quarantine and migration services,” he said.

Mr Gill’s comment reflects another recommendation in the report calling for a review of costs and administration of customs, quarantine and immigration services.

Victoria Nugent, Townsville Bulletin – Published Friday 05 September 2014 – Townsville Bulletin Website