AirAsia Labuan Bajo Flights

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Labuan Bajo AirAsia Direct Flights

Rumours are that there could be direct AirAsia Labuan Bajo Flights from Kuala Lumpur, but nothing has been announced as of writing this article on 28 December 2023. However, there is still good news, as a new flight has been connecting from Surabaya to Labuan Bajo since August 2023. The President Director of Indonesia AirAsia, Veranita Yosephine, also launched this route.

This article comes at a time when more birdwatchers are starting to explore outside of their comfort zone. Indonesia has been one of the hot destinations for birdwatching since the country fully opened up after the pandemic. There is a recent update at the end of this article.

AirAsia Labuan Bajo Flights

What will make a lot of Malaysians happy is to open an AirAsia direct route from Kuala Lumpur to Labuan Bajo in Flores, even if it was twice a week, as this would create a new opportunity for tourism to one of the most exciting ecotourism places on earth.

Airport at Labuan Bajo
This is the icon of Labuan Bajo, placed outside the Bandar Udara Labuan Bajo airport.

I have visited Labuan Bajo and Komodo Islands three times in the last seven years, namely for exploration, scuba diving and birdwatching at Komodo Island. After the pandemic, I feel it is time to make another trip back there, possibly for an update.

Labuan Bajo is one of the up-and-coming tourism destinations that is gaining momentum not only from nature and eco lovers but also from the general tourist; thanks to social media, this is one of the must-visit destinations in Indonesia.

The small town of Labuan Bajo has also improved a lot of tourism facilities and infrastructure, catering to more tourists every year. While Labuan Bajo is no Bali, you can expect some of the best tourism experiences here, which are not commercialised.

During my last scuba diving trip here, I found time to do birdwatching in Flores as I explored several locations around the island on my 10-day trip. This was one of my best Indonesian birding experiences, which was all new to me.

Airasia direct Labuan Bajo Flights
Inside one of the boarding areas of the Labuan Bajo airport.

Currently, AirAsia flies from three main cities to Labuan Bajo from Indonesia; therefore, there are plenty of connecting choices for travellers. The direct flights are;

  1. Surabaya to Labuan Bajo since August 2023
  2. Jakarta to Labuan Bajo since June 2023
  3. Denpasar to Labuan Bajo since May 2022

For the record, the Surabaya to Labuan Bajo flight is once a day and departs late in the afternoon to arrive in the early evening at about 17.30. This will cut one day of your travel time, so you must allocate extra flight days. After lunch, the return flight also leaves Labuan Bajo and arrives in Surabaya at around 18.30.

Flores Bandar Udara Labuan Bajo
Inside the Labuan Bajo airport.
Komodo Island Airport
Bandar Udara Labuan Bajo in Flores.

Here is an article about things to do in Labuan Bajo, which I did in 2016 and is still valid. Therefore, I hope to revisit and update the information. And for those planning to see the Komodo Dragon, read this article on how to go to Komodo Island.

If this is your first time visiting this part of the world, I recommend you read this article on Komodo Island, which is for first-time visitors, as it shares a lot of information that can make your journey here more accessible.

And if you are adventurous, here is an article on how to go to Mount Kelimutu to see the amazing three-coloured lakes on Flores Island. This is one of the world’s wonders that can only be seen here.

And finally, please visit the official AirAsia website to make your flight bookings to Labuan Bajo, as the connectivity is now even more accessible with several flights and airlines flying here.

Labuan Bajo Airport
The Labuan Bajo Airport, known also as Bandar Udara Labuan Bajo.

Conclusion

I hope AirAsia will launch a direct flight from Kuala Lumpur to Labuan Bajo in 2024. The reason? I want to revisit this incredible place for several reasons, namely for more exploration, birdwatching, and maybe even more scuba diving.

Update 5 February: It seems like AirAsia Labuan Bajo flights is rumoured to start in May or June in 2024. This is great news, and now we can wait for the official announcement within the next few weeks or months.

My main objective is to do more birdwatching in Labuan Bajo and the surrounding areas around Flores. This island is not fully explored, as the typical tourist has only heard about Komodo Island. There are more exciting places like Wai Rebo and Kelimutu National Park, to name a few, so let’s hope for direct AirAsia Labuan Bajo flights from Kuala Lumpur.

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