Bali comes to Cardiff

The Indonesian island of Bali, famed for its white beaches and wonky palm trees, is the latest route on offer from Wales’s largest airport, Cardiff. South Wales has not had links with Bali since 1997.

Air France KLM will begin offering a thrice-weekly flight to the island from the 7th December 2009.

Visitors will land at the wonderfully named, Denpesar Ngurah Rai Airport, following a brief stop at Schiphol, Amsterdam.

Previously Welsh tourists had to travel to Heathrow, around 150 miles east of Cardiff, for a flight to Indonesia. Officials noted shorter queue lengths in South Wales, and urged travellers to avoid Heathrow at all costs.

Spencer Birns, head of development at Cardiff, was keen to boost the appeal of indirect flights – “Travelling to London may appear the better option, but it is often more convenient to fly on connecting flights from Cardiff.”

Mr. Birns went on to conclude that tourists could save up to four hours of travel time by flying from Wales.

Of course, the short break in Holland adds an hour or two to the overall journey, but a few drinks in Schiphol Airport are infinitely more glamorous than a bottle of warm cola on the M4 motorway.

Formed from a merger in May 2004, Air France KLM is now the largest airline in the world, boasting flights to over 900 global destinations. The firm was pleased to have bolstered its links with Indonesia.

Despite being related, Air France and KLM maintain two separate websites.

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