Australia’s Tigerair drops Bali flights after gridlock with Indonesia

World - Mohit Shah - Feb 03,2017

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Tigerair Australia announced on Friday it would quit flying to Bali on a permanent basis after Indonesian authorities said it would have to shift to a new operating model.

In a statement released on Friday, the carrier said it has been informed that Indonesian authorities will not be offering Tigerair the final sanction needed to operate Bali flights.

"The Indonesian authorities have informed Tigerair that they require an alternative regulatory solution for Tigerair’s operations to Bali,” as per the statement.

It was further mentioned that this solution would take at least a time period of six months to implement and would also compromise the carrier’s ability to provide low-cost airfares to the travelers to Bali.

Last month Indonesia canceled the Virgin Australia Holdings unit's permission to fly, stating it did not accommodate charter flight regulations. Earlier, Virgin Australia had operated the flights itself but later shifted them to Tigerair in an effort to reestablish its international division to gain success.

Virgin Australia’s budget subsidiary had been expected to resume flights to the island on Friday, however, on Thursday evening it announced final approvals from Indonesia weren’t received.

Tigerair Chief Executive Rob Sharp said in a statement, providing a trustworthy, low-cost service is critical for Tigerair Australia, “and therefore our only option is to withdraw from flying to Bali altogether”.

Mr. Sharp further added, he understood the influence of the decision which would hamper the passengers who have booked to travel on Tigerair to Bali, and for this, he apologizes to all the affected passengers.

Sharp confirmed the company would continue to work with Virgin Australia to back any passengers still in Bali and wanting to travel home to Australia. The carrier will also provide full refunds to customers who have booked flights to travel to and from Bali.