October, 28, 2011 - 06:42AM

For all visitors flying to Lombok to reach the Gili islands of Trawangan, Meno andGili
, all scheduled airline operations flying to and from Lombok have ceased at Mataram’s Selaparang International Airport (AMI) and have all been redirected to the new Lombok International Airport (WADL) in central southern Lombok near the city of Praya.

The first day of formal operations at the new airport was 1st October 2011, the airport was scheduled to commence operations at 02:00 hrs, and was officially opened by the Indonesian President on 2nd October 2011.

with ticketing indicating Martaram, Ampenan, Lombok, Selaparang or AMI should proceed to the new Lombok International Airport, (Bandara Internasional Lombok), (BIL) in central southern Lombok near the city of Praya and is approximately 40 km south of Mataram, 55 km southeast of the established Senggigi tourism area of West Lombok, and 70km from either Bangsal harbour or Teluk Nara / Kodek, the gateway to the paradise Gili islands. (Journey time is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.)

All passengers already ticketed to Lombok and scheduled to arrive in Lombok from 1st October 2011 onwards should understand they will be arriving at Lombok International Airport (Bandara Internasional Lombok), (WADL), and not Selaparang International airport.

All airlines serving Lombok will fully honour any tickets indicating arrivals and departures at the previous airport.

At this time the IATA code for the new airport is not clarified. All the airlines flying to Lombok are still using AMI as the airport code in their booking and ticketing systems. However any ticketing issued showing the airport code AMI will 100% definately arrive and depart from the new airport.

The new Lombok International Airport, (Bandara Internasional Lombok) is the only current operational airport in Lombok.

Flights from Bali ( DPS) are only a short distance by air (flight time 25 min) with several daily flights by both turboprop and jet powered aircraft. Ticket prices vary in the range of Rp 350,000
to Rp, 499,00 for a one way ticket.


Merpati airlines normally has 3 to 5 flights daily.

Garuda airlines is the only airline with the latest departures in the early evening to and from Bali.

Wings / Lion Air does not have 100% scheduled flights, despite the websites shown schedules. ( Flights can not be booked directly on line)

Trigana airlines usually flies 1 or 2 times daily depending on demand.

Trans Nusa provide services from Bali and onward routes to other destinations.

Indonesian Air Transport (IAT) does not provide daily services from Bali to Lombok any more.

There are daily connections to Java including Jakarta (CGK) (flight time 1 hr 50 min-2 hr ) and Surabaya (SUB) (flight time 55-60 min). The direct flights to either Jakarta or Surabaya.

Flights to Jakarta are provided by Lion Air (direct), Garuda (direct), and Batavia (with a scheduled stop in Surabaya).

Flights to the east include services to and from Sumbawa (SWQ), Bima (BMU) and Komodo
at nearby Labuanbajo (LBJ). Some of the eastward destinations may offer slightly better flight frequencies if you fly to Bali first.

International flights are currently limited to direct services from Singapore (SIN) 3 times
per week and daily from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) in Malaysia with a technical stop in Surabaya in
East Java.

The Singapore service is operated by Silk Air. These flights are code shared with Garuda Airlines, (flight time 2 hr 45 min) arriving in Lombok on Friday, Thursday and Saturday evenings. The flights arrive and depart at the new International terminal.

Garuda and Merpati offer one-stop connections from Kuala Lumpur (KUL), the Garuda Airlines service is code shared with Malaysian Airlines and is via Jakarta. These flights arrive and depart at the domestic terminal.

In mid-2011 Air Asia announced they intend to commence providing flights to Lombok’s airport, a service commencement date has yet to be announced.

Visitors arriving in Lombok from a point of origin outside Indonesia and clearing customs and immigration at Lombok’s international airport may require the purchase of a visa on arrival (VOA). As of January 2010, the only type of visa on arrival available is US$25.00 for 30 days. This may be extended later at the local immigration office for a further once only period of up to 30 days. (The previous 7 day visa on arrival is no longer available). Exact change in US dollars is recommended, although a selection of other major currencies including Rupiah are accepted, and any change will usually be given in Rupiah. Arriving passengers are passed through VOA (visa on arrival) issuance if applicable, then subsequently processed through immigration clearance channels for VOA, Non VOA (if the visa has been obtained prior to the time of departure), Visa waiver (for eligible nationalities) and a separate channel for Indonesian passport holders. Baggage retrieval is followed by customs and quarantine examinations including baggage X-ray checkpoints.

Please remember that Indonesia carries the death penalty for drug traffickers, even if the amount of drugs is extremely small.

For information of other types of visas including the Visa waiver program please email us for more details.

Indonesian airports normally levy departure taxes upon departing passengers. If you are departing for Lombok from another Indonesian airport you may have to pay a departure tax at that airport. When flying out of Lombok, you are subject to the airports departure tax which can be paid in cash Indonesian Rupiah only, so save some Rupiah currency for the trip out. The airport departure tax is Rp 30.000 for domestic departures, and as of December 2010, Rp 100,000 for international departures.

It is anticipated that airport tax rates will remain unchanged when services are moved across to the new international airport (Bandara Internasional Lombok) in October 2011.

For domestic flights we strongly advise to work with a reputable travel agent such as ourselves  [ click here] to ensure accurate information regarding which airlines are flying to which locations and the price. Different airlines frequently change both their schedule and their routes depending upon consumer demand and aircraft availability. Do not depend on information from the airlines either by telephone or provided on the internet by tourism information and internet booking sites as it is frequently outdated.

From the airport by airport bus

A new bus route is currently being established from Bandara Internasional Lombok to service passengers wishing to travel to either Mataram or Senggigi. The special buses serving this route have a capacity of 40 passengers. The fare and operational times have not yet been announced and a transfer at Mandalika Bus Terminal may possibly be required, hopefully the service will only stop for set down and pickups at Mandalika Bus Terminal en route through to Senggigi.

Some of the larger hotels in Lombok offer pick up transfers to and from the airport. You will need to book ahead for this.

Private transport services at the airport and any such transactions should be approached with caution to ensure that their fees and vehicle are appropriate. It should also be understood that many of the private transport operators are very likely to discreetly seek a commission from the hotel they take you to. These payments are sometimes sought even if you have already made a prior booking at the destination hotel.

Private vehicles including cars with drivers, and a connecting speed boat to any of the 3 Gili islands can be easily booked through ourselves (Island Promotions)

Plese see see this link for fares and more information [ click here]

Or you can emails us or visit one of our shops in the heart of Kuta to book your tickets, although we advise you inform us well in advance particularly in the high season.



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