I’ve flown AirAsia often. Very often when it comes to trips to Indonesia.
And I like the airline.
The food on board is good and well-priced (whether you pre-book or order last-minute), the staff are friendly (never overdoing it; leaving you to your devices if you just want to rest), the safety record impressive, and the speed of the plane itself fairly fast (on average it takes three hours, forty minutes to fly from Perth to Denpasar).
What I hadn’t done – up until recently – is fly Perth to Lombok direct: a relatively new route on the AirAsia schedule and one that is seeing people of Perth flocking to board the airline for a quick trip to beautifully kempt and relatively secluded Lombok.
AirAsia launched its four-times-a-week service between Perth and Lombok in June this year, and response has been even more positive than many in the airline industry had anticipated.
The midnight flight I was on was fully booked (darn it, I love it when I otherwise score a row of three seats to myself), and therefore not only were things a little slow and squishy getting on board, but I was stuck, four rows from the back, next to a massive family travelling together and one which made more noise than I’ve ever been subjected to on an international flight (I think it was the first time flying overseas for most of them).
The problem was solved with a pair of trusty noise-cancelling headphones that I had packed, but I’d recommend AirAsia start stocking these if the flights only grow more popular.
The important thing is, all the other positive expectations of AirAsia were ticked: yummy, economical meals, friendly staff, lack of turbulence on the way to Lombok and back, and a speedy but safe journey.
The recently added flights from Perth to Lombok’s International Airport, Praya, are on Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays and Sundays.
AirAsia now operates 25 flights per week between Perth and Indonesia, which includes Bali and those four flights a week to Lombok.
My first trip to this cooler, cleaner and quiet corner of Indonesia proved to be a magnificent one, and my flight back to Perth – fortunately – was less boisterous but just as packed.
For information on AirAsia flights Australia to Lombok, Indonesia, visit: airasia.com.