“We are fortunate, the cost is not borne by the Regional Government but the Ministry of Tourism. They have funds for new routes and want to establish NTB, especially Lombok to become a national superior destination. So it does not put local or NTB projects under financial constraints but rather national financing,” he explained to the media.

In addition to the airline AirAsia, the NTB Provincial Government also cooperates with the national airline Lion Air to realize direct flights from Guangzhou, China to Lombok and Lombok to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Including, for domestic routes, Lion Air and Wings Air is ready to open direct routes Lombok – Labuan Bajo, NTT and Bima – Labuan Bajo.

“The potential of tourists from China is very large and they are already travellers that spend a considerable amount. The mechanism so far is the charter flight model from several cities in China to Lombok. It takes more effort to realize Lion Air flights from China to Lombok. We are still formulating the most ideal but realistic offer with Lion Air, “he said.