Natural Disasters Are Forcing an Indonesian Airline to Shut Down

Dec 26, 2018

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

AirAsia X, a Southeast Asian low-cost carrier, will end scheduled flights from Bali (DPS) to Tokyo Narita (NRT) in January 2019.

The carrier’s daily service from Denpasar to Narita, on an Airbus A330, will no longer exist in the new year because of the “challenging operational environment” in Indonesia due to the series of natural disasters that occurred close to Bali. The airline’s CEO Nadda Buransiri shared this development in the company’s 2018 third-quarter financial results. This route is the airline’s only scheduled operation.

“The company is underway to evaluate the available options for our Indonesian associate to ensure sustainability of the company,” Buransiri said.

To do that, AirAsia X Indonesia will operate on a non-scheduled commercial airline basis. The last scheduled flight will be Jan. 14, 2019, according to Routes Online.

Natural disasters have devastated several Indonesian cities and affected travel to this Southeast Asian hotspot for several years. On Saturday, at least 430 were killed by a tsunami that struck western Indonesia — marking almost exactly 14 years after a tsunami caused a 9.1-magnitude earthquake that hit Sumatra and left more than 227,000 people dead or missing. Indonesia has also suffered from several other tsunamis and earthquakes, as well as a volcanic eruption that left TPG stranded in Bali.

H/T: FlightGlobal

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

WELCOME OFFER: 80,000 Points


CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 2X points on all travel and dining, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners

*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,000 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. Plus earn up to $50 in statement credits towards grocery store purchases within your first year of account opening.
  • Earn 2X points on dining including eligible delivery services, takeout and dining out and travel. Plus, earn 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,000 toward travel.
  • With Pay Yourself Back℠, your points are worth 25% more during the current offer when you redeem them for statement credits against existing purchases in select, rotating categories.
  • Get unlimited deliveries with a $0 delivery fee and reduced service fees on eligible orders over $12 for a minimum of one year with DashPass, DoorDash's subscription service. Activate by 12/31/21.
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more.
  • Get up to $60 back on an eligible Peloton Digital or All-Access Membership through 12/31/2021, and get full access to their workout library through the Peloton app, including cardio, running, strength, yoga, and more. Take classes using a phone, tablet, or TV. No fitness equipment is required.
Regular APR
15.99%-22.99% Variable
Annual Fee
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.