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Another Carrier to Fly Perth - Bali

 Yet another Airline will launch direct daily service between Perth and Bali raising the prospect that the route may soon suffer from over capacity.

Indonesia carrier Batavia air (BTV) will become the sixth airline to ply the route. It will position itself as a "value added" airline, targeting families and young adults.

It takes the number of 6 carriers operating on the route to six : Pacific Blue, Jetstar, AirAsia, Strategic Airlines and Garuda Indonesia already operate between Western Australia and Bali.

Fares will be released soon with the airline saying "discussion is currentely underway with the travel industry". Batavia also revealed plans to operate to Sydney and Melbourne.The Perth launch on a date yet to be announced, follows successful bilateral air services talks between Indonesia and Australian air transport authorities.

BTV director commercial Hasudung Pandiangan said in a statement : "We are so pleased that we can now offer our services to the Western Australian market. Bali is always a popular destination for Western Australians and we are proud to finally service Perth in our network".

The air services agreement allows airline from each country an additional 4000 seats per week, Batavia said. The carrier will operate Airbus A319 services to Perth and now A330-200 between Bali and Sydney and Melbourne.

The airline< formed in 2000 by former travel agent Yudiawan Tansari, operates a fleet of 40 aircraft and serves 40 destinations in Indonesia. Its international network includes Singapore, Malaysia, China and recently launched Jeddah and Riyadh in Saudi Arabia.

Flights will arrive in Perth at 7.05am and depart an hour later, arrivinf in Bali shortly before midday.

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