A direct flight from China landed in Indonesia’s resort island of Bali for the first time in nearly three years. At least 210 people were on board the chartered plane operated by Indonesia’s Lion Air from Shenzhen in China's southern Guangdong province.
Some Chinese tourists who arrived at the airport in Bali said they were glad to have the chance to travel internationally again after China ended its strict COVID-19 restrictions. “I feel very happy and relaxed. It was a long time since we did not go abroad,” said An Pei, a Chinese tourist who was on the flight.
The flight followed the Chinese government’s decision to lift travel restrictions announced on January 8, and it coincided with the start of the Lunar New Year, which was being marked Sunday.
The Shenzhen-to-Bali route will operate once a week during its initial phase, according to a statement from Danang Mandala Prihantoro, a spokesperson for Lion Air.
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