Indonesian airline Citilink has temporarily scrapped flights between Avalon and Bali because of falling demand caused by the global coronavirus outbreak.
The decision comes less than six weeks after Citilink commenced operations out of the local airport and is a blow for Avalon as it seeks to expand its role as Victoria’s second international airport.
Citilink joins a growing list of carriers around the world that have reduced or cancelled flights because of the virus outbreak.
Avalon CEO Justin Giddings met with Citilink officials in Jakarta on Wednesday, and was confident Bali flights would resume once the coronavirus crisis subsides.
“The rapid spread of COVID-19 is testing airlines and other travel companies globally,” he said.
“Ongoing fears of the recent virus outbreak have created a situation of lower than ideal numbers for Citilink Indonesia.”
Citilink has now grounded almost half of its flights across the world.
Mr Giddings said both Avalon and Citilink would continue to assess the situation.
“Once the virus subsides, we will restore the sale of flights to Bali,” he said.
“We are deeply sorry to all travellers who have been affected by the postponement of flights.”
Passengers seeking refunds or wishing to reschedule flights are advised to contact Citilink directly.